June 2016 archive

Learning Resources

Learning Resources produce and sell engaging hands-on resources for successful learning in the home and in the classroom. The company has around 30 years of experience designing learning resources for children to explore the world with an inspiring hands-on approach.

We like their products and decided to add a range to the special-needs-toys website; look for the Learning Resources page or use the search button to find them.

Their products are typically made from sturdy plastic in bright colours that will immediately appeal to children. They also have a superb squashy Playfoam and a great use of tactile sensory feedback to help children learn about letters and numbers.

There is also some subtlety behind the colours, designs and ideas that is also appealing. Think about it and you’ll see there is the potential for these toys to help children with conditions typically found in the disabled or special needs community.

Here are two examples of Learning Resource products available to order through our website (1) Playfoam and (2) Tactile Letters and Tactile Number Sets

Learning Resource’s Playfoam

Image of Playfoam by Learning Resources

8 piece pack of Playfoam

Image of two children moulding shapes with Playfoam

Playfoam

Mess-free creative fun that is what Playfoam is all about and does very well.

The stuff never dries out so children can shape it then re-shape it into something else, squash it, roll it into a ball, bash it flat or whatever. It an be used straight from the pack and thanks to its no-stick formula there is not cleaning-up afterwards.

All children will like Playfoam but I think it would be a very good toy for a child with limited vision and relies of tactile sensory feedback for enjoyment.

Learning Resource’s Tactile Letters and Tactile Numbers

Image of the Tactile Letter S being traced by a child's finger

Child tracing the shape of the letter ‘S’

Moulded into the surface of each figure is a raised dimple that traces the shape of the letter, number and operator. One side of the dimple is ‘smooth’ but the other side is ‘rough’. When the child traces their finger correctly along the shape they feel the smooth side of the dimple but if traced wrongly they feel the roughness. The tactile sensory feedback they experience helps them recognise the correct way the letter or number should be traced and drawn. A round dot tells the child the starting point for tracing the figure.

Look closely at the picture and you will see the ‘dot’ (close to the little finger) and dimples along the surface of the letter ‘S’. This is very clever use of sensory feedback to help the child develop letter and number recognition.

I think many children will benefit from this approach to learning letter and number recognition. Would these Tactile Letters and Numbers sets be helpful to those children with a tendency towards dyslexic conditions – quite possibly yes.

Use this short-cut to go to the page showing all of the Learning Resource products we have available to order.

We also publish advice on Choosing Sensory Toys – check out the page on the website.