Learning Resources – BrightWorks Design & Drill

Learning Resources – BrightWorks Design & Drill

We were so excited to receive BrightWorks Design & Drill to review as I have had this on my wish list for ages!

I just knew it was going to be so much fun and that Isabella would love it.

What comes in the box

  • Light up, black activity board with sound activation
  • 80 Bolts in five colours and black
  • Translucent drill with LED light
  • 2 Drill bits (flat head and socket)
  • Activity Guide with 12 Design patterns

What you will need

  • Two AA batteries for the drill
  • Three AAA batteries for the board


Firstly I let Isabella get everything out of the box and after we added the batteries to the drill and board, I allowed her to explore everything herself and she instantly knew what she wanted to do.

She loved the drill as it makes sounds, like a real drill and is easy to use. It is the perfect size for small hands to hold. It has a switch on it for front and reverse, so children can screw the bolts in and then use the reverse to remove them.

Isabella got straight to work and started drilling the bolts into the board and named all the colours as she did this. I allowed her to do this for as long as she wanted and I was pleasantly surprised how long she continued.

Next I closed the curtains and showed Isabella how to switch the light on the board on and she was absolutely delighted to see it all light up. I have to say even I was surprised how bright and colourful it was. 

Neither of us were prepared for what came next…..


We switched to the sound activation mode and Isabella sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” whilst clapping her hands to the beat of the song and we were totally amazed to watch the lights dance to the beat. This is such a clever feature!

You can make so many different patterns and the booklet that comes with it gives you 12 design patterns to follow too. This is fantastic for encouraging children to follow instructions and to learn to create sequences and patterns. I would however say this is for children slightly older but this just makes it even better as they won’t get bored with new challenges ahead.

There are so many educational opportunities with this product;

Learning colours,



STEM Learning,

Hand and eye co-ordination,

Fine motor skills,

Problem solving,

And these are just a few!!

I would most definitely buy this product and will also be purchasing a couple for Christmas Presents.

Its available to buy from www.learningresources.co.uk and you can click on this link to take you straight to it.

RRP £35.00

Recommended ages 3 – 7 years (although even myself and my husband loved it)

Thanks for reading 

My Three Little Strawberries



* We received this toy from Learning Resources UK in exchange for our honest opinion.

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Learning Resources – Beakers Creatures Whirling Wave Reactor Review

Learning Resources – Beakers Creatures Whirling Wave Reactor Review

We have previously reviewed the Beakers Creatures – Liquid Reactor Super Lab and the Magnification Chambers sets and as we really enjoyed these we were delighted to get the chance to review the new addition to the Beakers Creatures sets.

The new Whirling Wave Reactor set certainly did not disappoint.

The girls love collectables and are always really excited to see what they will get. I love that these collectables are not just your average, get a toy inside an egg. It’s also an educational activity where they learn something from it and lasts a lot longer that just popping open an egg.

What you get inside the 12 Piece set 

Five piece Whirling Wave Reactor Chamber

One Reactor Pod with a mystery Beaker Creature

One Limited Edition Colour Creature

Two Classification cards

Two Mini-posters with amazing science facts

One Experiment guide

The girls found it super easy to put everything together and it only took one minute.

Colour-Changing Creature

First we tried the colour changing experiment and added some cold water to the chamber and popped the creature inside and spun it round using the crank.

Isabella loved watching it change colour then we put it in a bowl of warm water and watched it change colour again!


Beakers Creatures – Whirling Wave Reactor


First put the reactor pod into the reactor chamber and fill it with water.

Next turn the crank to trigger the whirling, bubbling reaction.

Keep turning until you start to see all of the pod dissolve.

Then for the fun part, revealing which creature you got!

(you may need to dip it into a bowl of water to wash off any excess)

Use the mini-poster to learn your creatures name.

This time we got “Slurpus” from the Dogstars collection in Series 2.

Lastly fill in your classification card and add them to your collection.

There are a further three experiments to complete with this set. So plenty to keep children engaged and so much fun to be had.

I really like this set and for a RRP of £16 I think this is a fantastic set, that can be used again and again. You can buy extra Reactor Pods for RRP £4 from series 1 and series 2 but you can also use the set for the other experiments without purchasing another Reactor Pod.

They are an amazing pocket money gift and my girls just love collecting them all and using them for small world play and putting them in the slime recipe from the other Beakers Creatures Sets.

If you are looking for a fun way to introduce your children to science then this is the set for you.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to bringing you more fun stuff soon!

Recommended for children ages 5+

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Learning Resources – Slide & Splash Seals

Learning Resources – Slide & Splash Seals

All three of my children have loved bath toys so I am always on the look out for something new to add to our collection and when we were asked by Learning Resources to review the Bright Basics – Slide & Splash Seals , I was so excited.

My First impressions were how well made and sturdy everything was. The slide came in two parts that fold together for easy storage and it was super easy to put together. Isabella loved the seals which are basically seals sat on wheels so, like a push along car. The set comes with two seals, one with a penguin sat on its back and one that’s a seal on an aeroplane.


The slide has two suction pads that stick firmly onto the side of the bath or shower if you don’t have a bath.

Isabella just loved putting each seal at the top of the slide and watching the whizz down the slide really fast and there is a jump at the end so the seals really do fly off the end fast into the water. She thought this was hilarious and so did I !

Isabella also really liked to push the seals through the water and round the side of the bath. Included in the box is a song “The Wheels on the Seals Go Round and Round” and Isabella picked the words up very quick and happily sand it whilst pushing them round.

One thing I really like about this bath toy is that there is no place for water to hide and grow mould in it as I have to bin a lot of bath toys for this reason and it also comes with a handy storage bag which I hung over the taps to drip dry.

Isabella loved this toy so much that she wanted to take it into the garden so I stuck the slide onto the patio door and put some water in our tuff tray to extend her play.

She happily played in the garden with this for over an hour and loved putting on little voices for the seals and using them for imaginary play. So not only is this toy amazing for sensory play but its also fantastic for encouraging imaginations and small world play.

It helps children to learn about cases and effect, watching how far the seals will go and introduces them to STEM learning in a fun way.


I really think this is an amazing toy not just for the bath and would highly recommend it to anyones children that enjoy both sensory and imaginative play.

Its definitely in my top list of favourite toys and Isabella’s.

If you have a child that is not keen on the bath or water then this will be sure to distract them and help them enjoy bath times.

The recommended RRP is £18 and can be purchased from Learning Resources.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have fun with this toy too.

Any questions or comments please leave them below.


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This post was written in collaboration with Learning Resources but all thought and opinions are my own.

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