Each month, we will be picking out our favourite products from the top mum-and-baby brands out there, available to buy now.
This month, our product of the month is the early years developmental toys from leading educational toys company Learning Resources. Working closely with experts, they make award-winning educational toys and games that help children learn through fun, hands-on play, and have been doing so for nearly 40 years.
Each of their fine motor skills developmental toys helps little ones build strength and coordination in the small muscles in their hands which they need to do everyday tasks including tying their shoelaces, eating with cutlery, fastening buttons, and holding a pencil to write.
Their developmental toys also help toddlers build other essential early years skills such as number and colour recognition through fun play. Learning Resources toys are recommended by teachers, trusted by parents, and loved by children.
These Learning Resources toys are all made from durable, high quality materials and are easy to wipe clean after use. Pieces store inside each toy, which makes it easy to tidy up after playtime is over.
Colourful and Fun
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog® helps little ones build up their hand muscles, hand-eye co-ordination, and dexterity each time they pull out and push in Spike’s colourful quills.
The chunky quills are easy for little hands to grasp and hold, and the shape helps guide little hands into the different hand grasps children do naturally when first learning to hold crayons and pencils.
The 12 colourful quills come in four colours (red, orange, green, and purple) and can also be used for sorting activities, and each quill opening on Spike’s back is numbered, which helps young children learn their 123s.
RRP: £16.50. Shop now
See Early Years Skills Bloom
As little ones grab and plant the colourful flowers into Poppy the Count & Stack Flower Pot™ they build strength and control of the muscles in their wrist, thumb and forefingers.
And as they hold Poppy with one hand to pull out the flowers with another, they practise bilateral integration, which is central to being able to use both sides of the body in a coordinated way during a task such as holding a piece of paper in one hand while using scissors to cut with the other.
Poppy’s colourful flowers are also numbered, which reinforces early number recognition skills through play.
RRP: £15.00. Shop now
Fun Fine Motor Friend
Each time little ones “plant” the flowers and spikes into the friendly plant pal Carlos the Pop & Count Cactus™, they build strength and control in the muscles in their hands and wrists, as well as hand-eye coordination, and dexterity.
And like Poppy, when children hold Carlos with one hand and pull out or push in the spikes and flowers with another, they practise bilateral integration. The colourful spikes and flowers are also numbered, which reinforces number recognition.
RRP £16.00. Shop now