Christmas Gift Guide: Testing Team Top Picks

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Have you already been handed your child’s wish list for Father Christmas? We’re here to help.

We’ve enlisted our team of Toy Testers to select their top picks and put them to the test! They’ve provided honest feedback and action shots to help you find the perfect present.

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1) Pretend & Play® Calculator Cash Register

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Tine said:

“The Learning Resources Cash Register, one of the brand’s classics, features over sized buttons and a built-in solar-powered calculator, which is ideal for children learning additions and subtractions in school. Big Girl loves pretend play and a cash register like this is fantastic for playing shop and making maths fun. Since opening the till, we’ve been encouraging Big Girl to charge us for everything we buy from her pretend shop (and sometimes cafe), input the prices on her till, and calculate the total. The till makes playing shop more real, particularly since the set includes pound coins and notes that look very believable and are the same size as real UK money. A very cool educational toy ideal as a Christmas present for both boys and girls!” read more

Tried & Tested – Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

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Product: Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set

Teacher Name: Kerri Hibberd

School/ Early Years Setting: Woodside Children’s Centre and Primary School

Age group product was trialed with: 4-5 year olds

The Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set is part of the Learning Resources new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) range, designed to bring problem solving to life for young children. The set provides an early introduction to basic programming concepts, enabling children to get hands-on while building problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as encouraging an understanding of position and direction. Colby, the fully programmable robot mouse is ready to follow commands to teach hands-on coding concepts; which is an integral part of the Computing Programme of Study in the National Curriculum for England (2014). Young learners can build a maze from one of the challenge cards included in the set or create their own. The included programming cards then support children to map out the path for programming the mouse to reach the cheese. Team work and co-operation are developed through children working together to solve the problem. read more

What’s Hot? STEM Robot Mouse

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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! read more

Learning Resources has won an Education Resources Award!

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. 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