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Helping Children Build Confidence In Stem Skills Through Hands-On Play

March 1, 2018

Learning Resources® has a 30 year history of helping millions of children develop a love of learning while building educational skills to take on the world. And today, staying true to this mission means bringing the highest quality resources to classrooms and families that meet authentic criteria for building STEM skills at early ages. Learning Resources has  earned the STEM Approved Trustmark™ from™) on over 50 of its products.


Coding has become an integral part of STEM education. But, a recent Learning Resources survey revealed that while 70% of parents believe it’s important for their kids to start learning coding skills at an early age, only 15% feel that they have the resources to do so. New releases from Learning Resources at the 2018 American International Toy Fair are designed to help solve this dilemma and help kids gain confidence in STEM skills. From a robot that teaches early coding skills to kids as young as five, to a line of science-themed collectibles and competitive STEM challenges, these new toys leverage hands-on fun to help children learn through play every day!


Botley™ the Coding Robot Activity Set

Botley is a new coding robot activity set from Learning Resources that teaches early hands-on coding skills in a fun and friendly way to kids as young as 5. Botley is 100-percent screen free and does not require the use of a smartphone or tablet. Ready to use right out of the box, a simple remote programmer allows children to code up to 120 steps. Coding cards, detachable arms, interactive obstacles, coding games and more – with a 77-piece activity set, there are endless hours of fun to be had. Botley grows with children and has many features to discover including looping, black line following, and if/then logic, which allows Botley to detect objects–and avoid them!  There are also secret hidden features for children to discover. (MSRP: $79.99, Ages: 5+, Available Now)


The Beaker Creatures™ are Here!

After traveling through space from their tiny distant planets, they’ve landed on Earth in search of science adventures! Beaker Creatures is a new line of science-themed collectibles designed to build skills and spark curiosity. It is the first to combine the thrill of collecting with hands-on science experimentation. The first series of collectibles includes 35 characters from planets such as: Bubble Land, Snow Globe and Big Rock. The Liquid Reactor Super Lab Set enables kids to: Extract the creatures from their brightly colored Reactor Pods, identify them with their classification cards, and explore their worlds through fun facts!  Look out for the limited edition 24-carat creatures. (MSRP: $24.99 for the complete Liquid Reactor Super Lab Set including two dissolvable Reactor Pods with collectible characters/$16.99 for the Magnification Chamber/ $9.99 for a Reactor Pod 2-Pack with Bio-Home/ $4.99 for an individual Reactor Pod, Ages: 5+, Available: August 2018)


STEM Challenges

New STEM Challenges encourage a trial and error approach to problem solving through competitive, game-like challenges for kids. (MSRP: $19.99 each, Ages 5+, Available Now)

  • Crashapult™ STEM Challenge provides an early introduction to angles, trajectories, and other physics concepts by challenging players to aim balls through a target hoop using a kid-powered catapult.

  • Pendulonium™ STEM Challenge teaches kids about force and momentum during fun problem-solving challenges using a 17-piece set centralized around a kid-powered pendulum launcher.

  • Whacky Wheels™ STEM Challenge exposes kids to the fundamentals of speed, angles and distances through hands-on learning challenges with a paddlewheel launcher, ramp and other accessories in a 15-piece set.


Other noteworthy 2018 product releases for Learning Resources include:

  • 1-2-3 Build It! Rocket-Train-Helicopter – Helps teach early STEM skills like engineering with mix-and-match pieces that create a rocket, train, and helicopter. (MSRP: $19.99 each, Ages 2+, Available Now)

  • Gears! Gears! Gears! Machines in Motion – Kids can build their own versions of numerous different interactive machines and vehicles, many of which incorporate special parts including a wrecking ball, chains, pulleys, and wheels. (MSRP: $39.99 each, Ages 4+, Available Now)

  • Along with the above, Learning Resources has over 40 new releases in 2018. Check them out at Toy Fair, or visit us online at

About Learning Resources:

We’re the toy cash registers that help kids learn to count. We’re the alphabet puzzle blocks that inspire a love of reading. We’re the coding mouse that schools use to prepare students for tomorrow. We are Learning Resources®—and our mission is to help kids love to learn. For over 30 years we’ve been the leader in educational toys, with more than 1,000 items sold in over 80 countries. Our toys are designed to help children build educational skills… and get ready to take on the world. For more information, visit, or follow the brand on Twitter @LearningHandsOn, Facebook @LearningResources and Instagram @learningresources.

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