We believe educational toys and games aren’t just for Christmas; they inspire a lifetime love of learning! Play nurtures development and is the foundation for all learning, helping children to build everything from communication and language skills to imagination and creativity. With this in mind, we’re confident that our educational toys will be played with all year round and have put together a list of ten areas of development that they support.
Product testing: Fraction Tower®
Cubes – Equivalency Set
Name: Shelly Oosthuizen of OFamily Learning Together
Age of child/children: 8 years and 5.5 years
Shelly is a Chartered Accountant who is now a home-educating mum to two children aged 8 and 5. She blogs about the learning activities that she does at home and shares resources that she has used and enjoyed.
Ron’s Ramp Adventure Project: Explained
Ron’s Ramp is a Key Stage 1 project designed for ages 6-7 from the STEM in Action range. The project explores the effect of forces on objects and features Ron, a skateboarding armadillo, who wants to make a skateboard ramp that is safe for everyone. Through engaging practical exploration, slopes and surfaces are brought to life. Students are introduced to the effects of friction and gradient on motion and distance, while exploring the concepts of guessing (predicting) and recording data. They also learn about measurement and using graphs to problem solve as they are challenged to engineer the ramp so that Ron goes far… but not too far!
Cuisenaire® Rods are colourful rods that can be used for small groups or whole class work to help children understand mathematical concepts. The rods come in different sizes and colours, and each colour represents a different rod length that can each be assigned numeric values or units of measure. Learning Resources® offer three different types of rods; wooden, plastic and interlocking plastic, and each are available in three different sizes: introductory, small group and classroom multi pack.
This month you have loved our award-winning STEM Robot Mouse Activity Set, the low cost solution to coding in primary classrooms!
This must-have set provides an introduction to the concepts of coding and STEM learning. We are surrounded by technology like never before including video games, smart phones and tablets. They are all forms of communication that impact our lives every single day and what they have in common is that they all involve coding! This set provides early learners a fun, real-world application of these essential 21st century skills. Children can programme the sequence of steps, and then watch the mouse race to find the cheese!
Pictured: Louise Benstead (right), Learning Resources®, accepting the award from Chris Mahady (left), MD of Findel.
Learning Resources’ pioneering work in developing hands-on STEM resources, has been recognised for the second time this year with a Findel ‘Best Product Innovation’ Award!
Launched in January, the range comprises of six teacher-friendly kits meeting the STEM needs of primary classrooms. STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and defines an approach to learning that asks children to solve real-world problems through enquiry based processes.
Mastery approaches to teaching maths is a current hot topic within education. ‘Mastery’ means acquiring a deep, secure and transferable understanding of maths. Our Educational Product Development Coordinator and in-house teacher, Joanne Moore, has outlined the 3 main elements for developing ‘mastery’ (also the 3 aims in the National Curriculum for Maths):
Spring time represents a flourishing stage of development with colourful blossoms and longer daylight hours. With only a few months until the end of the school year, it’s the perfect time to support hands-on learning at home as well as encouraging outdoor exploration and discovery. Learning Resources have introduced over 90 new educational toys and games for 2016, and we have selected a few of our favourites, to highlight the key benefits and skills that they help to support.
Early year’s science!
This month you have loved our early year’s science ranges including Primary Science and GeoSafari® Jr. Science in the early years lays
the foundation for understanding the world and encourages observation, prediction, problem solving and discussion skills.
March has seen young scientists across the UK working scientifically and solving problems in aid of British Science Week- a ten day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and now that the clocks have sprung forward to British Summer Time and there are brighter evenings, there is even more opportunity to take part in outdoor scientific discovery. There’s plenty of time to prepare for spring term and offer a head start to young learners with inspiring resources that help to foster the development of early STEM skills.
Learning Resources was presented with an Education Resources Award in the ‘Primary Resource or Equipment – Curriculum learning resources including ICT’ category for its STEM Robot Mouse Activity Set. Held on the 18th of March, the awards honour the quality and diversity of products, schools and the most dedicated members of the education sector. In their eighteenth successful year, the awards are organised by BESA, the trade association representing educational suppliers in the UK sector, and Brilliant Marketing Solutions.