Our Favourite Christmas Craft Creations From Around The Web

Crowded streets, parcel deliveries, and late night shopping! The real hustle and bustle of Christmas isn’t much fun for little ones. Beyond decorating the tree, and getting them to help wrap Granny’s presents, what else can you do to keep your children entertained this Christmas?

These are our top craft picks from around the web! read more

A beginners guide to stargazing

You don’t need to invest in expensive equipment to start your stargazing journey. With just the naked eye Nyctophiles (fans of darkness and the night) can see several thousands of stars. Begin to spot constellations, explore the surface of the moon and talk about the universe with your little ones. We hope you enjoy our introduction to stargazing. read more

12 Plays of Christmas – A Gift Guide by The Learning Resources Testing Team

Give the gift of learning this Christmas with our hands-on selection of fun and educational learning toys! Each toy in our Gift Guide has been put to the test by a member of our Testing Team so you can rest assured they will last way beyond the festive season and provide hours of fun!

Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set
Playfoam Combo 8-Pack
Pretend & Play Original School Set
Puzzle Globe
GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope
Zoomy 2.0 Handheld Digital Microscope
Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register
Primary Science Lab Set
Gears! Gears! Gears! Robot Factory Building Set
Design & Drill Take-Along Tool Kit
Alphabet Acorns
Snap-n-Learn Counting Cows read more

5 Screen-free and unplugged coding activities

5 Screen-free and unplugged coding activities

Computer coding skills are hugely in demand and children as young as five are learning to code as part of the curriculum. Thinking about your child’s future, the technology sector is booming, attracting 28bn in investment since 2011.

However, finding skilled candidates to fill jobs in the tech sector has proved difficult. High level STEM vacancies are twice as like to be left unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants with desirable skills. read more

Christmas crafts: printable festive lacing cards

Christmas crafts: printable festive lacing cards

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning presents and cards for your family and friends. To give you a helping hand, we’ve teamed up with RedTedArt, one of our favourite craft bloggers, to bring you some festive, printable, lacing Christmas Cards.

The cards are not only seasonal and beautifully designed, but educational too. This is a great activity for talking to very little ones about shapes as well as being a fun and creative introduction to geometry and STEM learning. They’re great for all ages and abilities – you can make the lacing as simple or as intricate as you like, depending on the age of your children. read more

Meet the Designer! Jolly Roger’s Pirate Pieces

Name: Allan Lennon

Job Title: Product Development Executive

LSP 5066-UK Jolly Roger’s Pirate Pieces

How did you come up with the idea for the game?

We were receiving a lot of feedback from teachers that the majority of fraction based products seemed to portray fractions in circles. The feeling was that more emphasis needed to be given to show young learners that fractions can be represented in a variety of shapes and sizes, not just pizzas and pies. read more

Tried & Tested: 10 To The Top

Name: Sarah Burns from Let Them Be Small

Product Testing: Ten to the Top

Age of children: 4, 3 and 13 months

 

 

Sarah is mum to three children aged 4, 3 and 13 months. Life is busy but fun and she is home educating her eldest who would be due to start school in September. Sarah is a blogger and regularly shares posts about her favourite products, days out and home education ideas. read more