Employees, friends and families of one of the UK’s leading champions of hands-on learning came together to celebrate 20 years of serving the needs of educators, parents and children alike.

Learning Resources’ award-winning products in language, maths, science and early childhood education products are used by thousands of children every day, with more than 10,000 primary schools supplied in the UK alone.

Demonstrating the company is pushing all the right buttons when it comes to child’s play, over 100,000 of the Pretend & Play Cash Register alone have been sold since its introduction 20 years ago.  Still one of the top performing products, the iconic Learning Resources Cash Register has barely changed in design but remains a hit with children today.

Images available to download of the original and current Cash Register:


Guest of honour at the event held in the company’s home town of King’s Lynn on the 1st May was Rick Woldenberg, chairman of Learning Resources’ parent company in the USA. Employees past and present attended the event, hosted by Learning Resources MD Dennis Blackmore.


Dennis, who opened the UK office, said: “Twenty years in business is a fantastic landmark by any standards, particularly in the face of some of the most challenging trading conditions in living memory. At Learning Resources we have a market-leading portfolio of educational toys that are of the highest quality and which are the brand of choice for teachers and parents alike.

“The team we have assembled here in King’s Lynn is outstanding and I am delighted to be able to celebrate this moment in the company’s history with so many friends and colleagues. We’re lucky enough to work in a really fun industry that focuses on children, so it was important to us that this was very much a family celebration with all ages welcome.”

Learning Resources continues to help teachers and children to work together by focussing on creating products that are hands-on and fun; so enjoyable children won’t even realise they’re learning! For example, financial awareness game Money Bags™ helps to build early money skills in an innovative way promoting coin recognition, counting and equivalency skills. Game also features realistic looking coins approved by the UK Royal Mint.

Dennis added: “Although technology has added another dimension to education, we feel a kinaesthetic approach to learning can never be replaced. As we mark 20 years, we look forward to a future where we continue to provide children with many valuable opportunities for hands-on learning.”                                 


Notes to Editors

Parents and teachers can view the full Learning Resources range atwww.LearningResources.co.uk/EducationCatalogue, or request a catalogue by visitingwww.LearningResources.co.uk or by calling 0845 241 0484. Trade customers can view the whole Learning Resources range at http://www.LearningResources.co.uk/TradeCatalogue

Background Information:

Learning Resources Ltd, the company’s European division, was established in 1994 on the Hardwick Industrial Estate in King’s Lynn. It has grown to become a major supplier to the UK, wider European, African and Middle Eastern markets offering educators and parents award-winning products in language, maths, science and early childhood education. Based on Bergen Way the company sells to over 500 customers in over 50 countries and is currently recruiting to keep up with increased demand.

Learning Resources UK, a subsidiary of its US parent company based in Chicago, Illinois, has over its twenty year history developed an exceptional track record for a high level of customer service, continual innovation and strong leadership within both education and toy industries. The company has developed from supplying the wholesale education market to also providing a direct selling service to schools and parents through catalogues and its website.

Learning Resources is a manufacturer of innovative educational toys and learning aids. Founded in the Chicago area in 1984, Learning Resources set up its European operation in King’s Lynn in 1994. The company has since built up a reputation with both parents and teachers for outstanding maths, science, early years and literacy products.

Their mission is simple – to develop quality educational products which make learning exciting for children of all ages and abilities. Learning Resources strives to create hands-on products which build a concrete foundation of skills through exploration, imagination and, most importantly, fun!

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