Friday 15 November 2013

Learning Resources. Fun AND educational products!

Let me tell you about a great company, Learning Resources. Teachers will most likely have heard of them, but maybe not many parents. They have a website which is full of products which are educational and fun, and we have collected quite a few of these over the last 8 years. They have been much loved games and products which have stood the test of time. 

I think I discovered this company at some point after our younger daughter was diagnosed with autism, as she needed a bit more help with learning the basics. They offer plenty of educational and sensory toys which were just perfect for her. That said, I think they have a great selection of toys which can help ALL children to progress as they play.
Recently I was chuffed to be asked if I would review one of their products. It is called String Along, and it's fantastic for strengthening fine motor skills. Also good for hand-eye coordination, encouraging creativity and for improving concentration - all areas which both my girls (and lots of other children I'd imagine) can benefit from focussing on.

The idea is that you pick a coloured lace, thread it through the pen provided, punch into a hole and then string along to the next hole to make a pattern. Some help is needed to do the threading, but the rest of it is easy and not restrictive in any way.

The two of them spent a couple of hours (seriously - I was surprised at how long they went on for!) with their heads down together, making suggestions to each other, which was lovely to see. 

The set we were given was the String Along Lacing Classroom Set, which had 4 boards, 16 pattern cards, 4 punch pens, and 40 laces in 10 bright colours. Plenty to have fun with! 

The Learning Resources website is a really easy one to shop from, for parents or teachers - you can choose by age of your child, or by brand or category. Categories covered include Role play, Creative play, Maths, Literacy, Construction, First Years, Exploration, Puzzles, Active play, Educational games and Routine and Wellbeing. Rather than write a long list of suggestions, I thought I'd include just a handful of pictures of some products which  we have used and which I think are brilliant:

I defy you not to go on the Learning Resources website and find at least one product which you know your child will love. The bonus is that you can love it too because it's a toy with added learning capabilities!

We were sent the String Along kit for the purpose of this review, but have not received payment. All the views expressed here are our own.