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Educational resources are toys, games, and teaching materials for early learners from the age of
12 months and over that help them to develop skills in a fun, stimulating environment. These
learning resources and educational materials can be enjoyed at home or in the classroom, as well
as accommodating group, pair, and individual use.
Important skills that are developed from educational resources include STEM, literacy, numeracy,
problem-solving, imagination, and creativity. These skills are essential for core developmental
stages in a child’s life.
From a vividly-coloured rattle for a baby to a wooden xylophone for a toddler, to craft
activities for older children, these items provide a stimulating way to develop fine motor
skills, sensory development, and more.
Educational resources are important for a child’s growth and development as they help with the
improvement of basic life skills such as cognitive thinking, problem-solving, and imagination.
Educational toys are separated into many different groups based on the skill that they develop.
For instance, toys for physical development include bikes and blocks, while toys for creative
development include art supplies. These resources can also vary for social, intellectual, and
More importantly, educational toys allow children to develop these skills in a fun and
stimulating way. A toy’s basic function is to give joy and entertainment, providing the child
with a positive environment in which to learn. This helps them to achieve these skills and
traits effectively so that they can succeed in core developmental phases of their childhood.
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STEM-based resources and toys can include building and controlling robotics, investigating
coding, exploring scientific experiments, and more. Through these activities, children learn
concepts based on mathematics and science, as well as critical thinking, comprehension, and
problem-solving skills. Generally, STEM activities will include hands-on learning with
real-world applications, effectively preparing children to explore innovative thinking.
STEM resources are tailored for specific ages and levels to suit all children. It is
important that these materials and toys are engaging and challenging, as well as staying
within the child’s capabilities to motivate them. Educational toys with an emphasis on STEM
learning can provide a valuable skill set and interest in pursuing STEM-based career paths
in the future.
Learning resources that focus on literacy can include chalkboards, handwriting exercises,
puzzles, crosswords, workbooks, and more. These resources are tailored to suit all ages and
levels so that you can find the perfect fit. The goal for these educational materials is to
build a child’s writing, communication, and comprehension skills, all of which are vital for
further skill-building. By providing children with engaging educational resources aimed to
improve literacy skills, you are teaching them valuable skills to take them through
schooling and into careers.
Educational toys that focus on numeracy can include sorting and counting kits, number
flashcards, puzzles, numbered magnets, workbooks, and more. These toys and resources range
in skill level so that they can suit a variety of ages and levels as the child progresses.
The goal for numeracy learning resources is to build number recognition, counting skills,
problem-solving, and other basic mathematic skills. With these introductory skills, they can
then develop more complex skills, like multiplication and division, that will take them
through their schooling years and into careers. With strong numeracy skills, they can then
develop problem-solving and fine motor skills, which can be helpful with STEM-related
Educational toys and games are important for building essential skills like problem-solving,
hand-eye coordination, comprehension, public speaking, and fine motor skills. Furthermore,
playing with educational toys and games can help children discover their independence and
grow their self-esteem, as well as work well in teams.
There is a wide variety of learning resources that are tailored to suit certain ages and
skill levels, starting from infants, and ranging to teenagers. Popular games and toys
include playing cards, wooden toys, maze and crossword workbooks, blocks and towers, chess,
Rubik’s cubes, sudoku, flashcards, magnets, alphabet exercise, shapes, and more.
Younger children should be exposed to sensory play to help stimulate their senses of touch,
sight, and sound. Playing with sand and other moldable toys can help infants and toddlers to
explore these senses in a safe and engaging way. For school-aged children, balancing
activities, obstacle courses, and swing sets offer a great way to build upon fine motor
skills and hand-eye coordination.
Furthermore, playing outdoors can help children to better understand environmental tendencies
like the changing of seasons and animal recognition, as well as improving spatial awareness
and encouraging physical coordination and general fitness.
Wall charts, chore charts, and placemats are a great learning tool to use at home. Placemats
and wall charts depicting maps, timetables, the alphabet, and more offer an engaging way for
early learners to practice basic numeracy and literacy skills. When you use a non-permanent
marker and a cloth to wipe down the placemat or chart, it becomes an activity to practice
Reward and responsibility charts allow you to incentivise your child’s skill-building. They
can be used at home or in the classroom to motivate early learners to complete homework,
practice handwriting, and finish household tasks, all with the incentive of a reward or
treat. With wipe-off charts, you can easily adapt the tasks and rewards to suit your child
as they age and build skills.
Teacher resources and tools include pencils and other writing utensils, crafting tools, paint
and paintbrushes, glue, paper, cardboard, and more. These resources are great materials to
have in the classroom to create an engaging and artistic zone for children of all ages.
Early learners can explore their creativity by collaging with foam shapes, pom poms, string
and ribbon, and felt sheets, or they can mold people and animals out of dough or clay, or
simply draw and write stories with a range of writing utensils.
Learning resources and toys are an important way to build essential skills from infancy through
to teenage years, including skills that relate to STEM-focused careers.
Using educational toys, toddlers and young children can develop fundamental life skills like
cognitive thinking and basic problem-solving. Early learners have limited visual perception
and are therefore drawn to bright, vivid colours and patterns, which is why most educational
toys and resources for this age range come in loud colours. This is a great age to introduce
toys that appeal to their other senses, like finger paint, musical toys, and building
With sensory activities, early learners can start to explore and investigate through
observing, experimenting, and coming to their own conclusions. It also helps them to filter
sensory information in order to focus.
Primary school ages are a great time to introduce learning resources and educational toys
that introduce cognitive skill-building. There is a wide range of resources that focus on
literacy and numeracy skill-building for these ages, as well as fine motor skills, hand-eye
coordination, and creativity. These essential skills can take children all the way through
primary and high schooling and into successful STEM-based careers.
Additionally, there is a wide range of outdoor activities that target primary school ages.
Sand, clay, and dough help them to explore creativity, while artistic talents can be
explored through finger painting, sponge painting, and using paintbrushes. Playing with
outdoor balancing activities will help children to enjoy physical exercise and general
fitness, in addition to perfecting their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
For high schoolers, there is a range of educational resources that are tailored to not just
introduce new skills but to develop and improve current skills. With STEM-focused activities
like building and controlling robotics, children can achieve hands-on experience in an
engaging and fun environment which may encourage them to pursue relevant careers. Activities
like robotics, potato clocks, Rubik’s cubes, sudoku, and science kits are all excellent ways
to boost STEM, numeracy, and fine motor skills, while painting, drawing, collaging, and
story-telling are ideal for encouraging artistic exploration, creativity, and literacy.
These are all essential skills for high school-aged children and are ideal for taking into
the workforce as they become adults.
Educational toys and learning resources are not just for use at home; they can be explored
and played within the classroom as well. There is a wide range of resources that are ideal
for teachers to stock up on and store in the classroom that will help to create engaging,
educational environments for their students. Simple resources that come in bulk sizes and
can easily be stored include crayons, pencils, and other writing resources, paintbrushes and
non-toxic paints, and collaging accessories like non-toxic glue, paper, cardboard, felt
sheets, foam shapes and letters, stickers, string, ribbon, and more. These resources can be
used for a range of skill-building games and activities that can be enjoyed independently or
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