The Magic of Imaginative Play

What is Imaginative Play?

Imaginative play see’s young learners take on the role of inventors and decision-makers, creating their own world where they are free to express their feelings and experiment with narratives. The Early Years Foundation Stage highlights Expressive Arts and Design as a specific area of learning and development, breaking it down into ‘being imaginative’ and ‘exploring and using media and materials’. Children often draw upon their own experiences and observations to represent their ideas through mediums such as art, dance, music, small world, pretend play and storytelling.

 

Why is it important?

Imaginative play is a key component of learning. It enables children to make sense of the world around them and to develop essential skills from problem solving to emotional intelligence. Here are some examples: read more

Mummy in the City visits Learning Resources at Toy Fair 2016

Mummy in the City is written by Tine Farstad, a London mum mostly running around in Chelsea, Fulham, South Kensington and Battersea with her daughter, who is starting school this year, and a seven month old son.  Her blog focuses on life with young children in South West London, and covers topics such as London kids classes, London family attractions and services, London restaurants, London with baby, pregnancy, parenting, child development, family travel, children’s fashion and more.

“Last year I started feeling the pressure of providing more educational toys at home for our preschooler, and I suddenly found myself regularly browsing toys by Learning Resources. At first, the aim was to find toys to help my little one with number recognition, and I wanted to ensure we could practise this through play at home, so I bought the Smart Snacks Number Pops. read more

Sneak peek at Learning Resources toys and games for 2016. Eight toys and games we can’t wait to play!

2016 is set to be an exciting year and we can’t wait to share our new toys and games with you! With over 70 new products being introduced we thought we’d start with a sneak peek of eight new toys that we can’t wait to play!

#1 Build & Spin

We love hands-on learning and construction and these new themed sets provide a perfect introduction to creative play for the younger tots aged 2 and above! If you are already a fan of our Gears! Gears! Gears!® range these bright new additions also help to develop fine motor skills and an understanding of cause and effect but with chunkier play pieces, ideal for little hands. read more

Learning Resources – Our Brands

Our product range is full to the brim of hands-on learning resources suitable for teachers, parents, childminders, Special Needs professionals, after school clubs and many more other people who have a keen interest in children’s learning. The brands in our range offer a variety of products to support the hands-on learning of children from birth and beyond. Each brand offers high-quality, award winning products that we’re proud to offer as part of our overall range. These brands can be spotted in retail stores across the whole world and we’ve even spotted them on the TV!

I’d like to introduce you to these brands and the learning skills they support! We’ve had great feedback about them, and would love to hear your thoughts too! read more