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Learning Resources Games

It’s February half-term and, here in London, we’ve been lucky with the weather. No rainy days yet; but it has been extraordinarily cold, which means day trips that end as soon as the sun has dimmed. By four o’clock it’s time for home, hot chocolate, and some living room-based entertainment.

Luckily we were sent three Learning Resources games to try out for half term. We’re a big fan of Learning Resources; as well as making toys and games that are fun to play with, each toy also teaches the children, without them realising they’re learning.

The games arrived early, just in time for our weekend break in Deal. The first game we played, in between dashing to the beach to throw stones at the sea, was Frida’s Fruit Fiesta (RRP £20).

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Frida’s Fruit Fiesta is aimed at children aged 4-8 and is designed to help them learn the alphabet, as well as improve their fine motor skills.

Frida's Fruit Fiesta

Letters are balanced on weeble-like bases and placed in the ‘rainforest’ – ie, the bottom half of the box. This was a neat, cheerily illustrated use of the base and meant the letters were all contained – useful for travelling.

To play the game, you have to spin three dials and pick whichever one is going to help you reach the goal: to get a row of letters on your ‘nest’ card. You have to use the ‘Frida Squeezer’ – ie the parrot’s beak – to pick up the letters, which adds an interesting twist to the game. The strategy element was a little beyond my daughter, who’s not yet four, but it did mean the game would still be interesting for children even after they’d completely mastered the alphabet.

Here’s a little video of Frida’s Fruit Fiesta in action:

Back home in London, we relived our seaside holiday by playing Sophie’s Seashell Scramble (RRP £20).

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This Learning Resources game is aimed at a slightly broader age group: 2-11. It comes with a Sophie Otter, who picks up patterned shells with her paws. You have to spin the wheel, and depending on where the arrow falls you can either take a shell from Sophie’s pond in the base of the box, lose a shell, or steal one off another player. The aim is to fill your seashell board with shell counters that match the pictures on the board.

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Everything about this game is appealing. The shells are pretty, and help with shape recognition. Picking them up using the Sophie Otter pincer develops fine motor skills. The underwater scene on the base of the box is attractive, and all the colours used in the set are subtle and tasteful. It’s a gentle game, perfect for drizzly afternoons indoors or even summer days out on the lawn.

The final game of the set was Bingo Bears (now £10.77), which both children told me was a firm favourite at their school and pre-school. After the muted shades of Sophie’s Seashell Scramble the primary colours of Bingo Bears were a bit of a shock; but it would be tricky to lose any of these bright little bears under the sofa:

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This is the game my daughter (almost 4) has demanded we play the most. It’s aimed at 4-7 year olds, but I’d say it’s suitable for younger children too, depending on which version you play. Players each take a ‘bingo’ card, which you can either fill with numbers, or bears of different sizes and colours. And the spinner is double-sided, so you can turn it over depending on whether you’re playing with numbers or sizes/colours.

Bingo Bears is simple, which is why I think it was a big hit with my young daughter. And those different-sized bears are cute – she enjoyed sorting them into families.

So, three different games for rainy days. We’d take them on holiday with us again, in case the weather wasn’t on our side.

Which one do you like the look of the most?

We were sent Learning Resources games for the purpose of this post. All views are my own.

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18 Comments

  • Sarah Ebner
    February 18, 2016 at 9:33 am

    We’ve always loved playing games and these sound great fun. I know mine would have particularly liked those Bingo Bears!

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    • Nell
      February 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Our family loves games too. We have a huge pile of them heaped up in our living room!

      Reply
  • Phoebe @ Lou Messugo
    February 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

    We play a lot of board games with our kids and always make sure we have some on holiday with us. I like the look of the seashell game.

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    • Nell
      February 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      The seashell game was really nice for playing when we were by the sea!

      Reply
  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure
    February 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    They look like great games, I will have to check out bingo bears for my littles

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    • Nell
      February 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      That was my daughter’s favourite!

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  • Jen
    February 18, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    I LOVE learning resources and these look like great games. There is nothing better than learning through play and having lots of fun

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    • Nell
      February 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Learning Resources is a great brand. We’re pleased to be working with them.

      Reply
  • Nichola - Globalmouse
    February 19, 2016 at 10:38 am

    What beautiful looking games, I particularly like the look of the seashell one.

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    • Nell
      February 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      That was my favourite too. Gorgeous colours!

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  • tanya
    February 19, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    as a home educating family we love learning games, I might to have a lookie for these.

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    • Nell
      February 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      They really are fun – I’d recommend them for home ed.

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  • Natalie Ray
    February 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Oh, these look excellent! I think we would enjoy the fruit fiesta but I’m sure that my girls would love Bingo Bears the most as well! I love that there are easy and more difficult versions to play so it adapts with the children and should last a bit longer. The bears are super cute too!x

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    • Nell
      February 23, 2016 at 10:20 am

      We just spotted the bears in my daughter’s pre school this morning! They really are sweet.

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  • Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours
    February 20, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I think these are a bit too young for mine, although they would enjoy them. Bingo Bears would probably be their favourite.

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  • Cass@frugalfamily
    February 21, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    We’ve struggled with the cold this half term too – I’ve not been well and the cold starts me coughing so most of the things we’ve done have been indoors x

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    • Nell
      February 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Oh dear, I hope you feel better soon Cass xx

      Reply
  • ninjacat
    February 26, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I love their resources , I agree it’s been a cold February

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