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This Year's Hot STEM Must-Haves, Botley™ the Coding Robot and Beaker Creatures™ Liquid Reactor Super Lab, Lead the Award Winners

November 12, 2018

CHICAGONov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Educational toys from Learning Resources, the leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on learning toys, have been awarded more than 35 industry awards in 2018. These recognitions were led by the company's newest STEM toys, Botley the Coding Robot and the Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab. Notably, Botley was named "Best of CES" by Reuters and "Best Toy of the Year 2018" by Parents Magazine.

Learning Resources products also garnered four 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) nominations in the Innovative Toy of the Year (Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set), Collectible Toy of the Year (Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab), Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year (Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog), and Construction Toy of the Year (Gears! Gears! Gears! Machines in Motion) Categories. Additional recognition was received from the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA), Parents' Choice Awards, Family Choice Awards, Mom's Choice Awards, and Tillywig Brain Child Award among others. 11 Learning Resources products are included in this year's Amazon Holiday Toy List including Botley and Beaker Creatures.

"We are thrilled that these respected selection committees know the value of STEM and that they recognize Botley the Coding Robot and Beaker Creatures, along with many of our other products, as exceptional educational toys that both kids and parents love," said Marie LaPlante, CMO of Learning Resources.

Additional details about Learning Resources' award-winning products can be found at The complete list of 2018 Learning Resources awards to date includes:

Botley™ the Coding Robot Activity Set:

  • Toy of the Year (TOTY) Finalist: Innovative Toy of the Year
  • Tillywig Brain Child (2018)
  • National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) (2018)
  • Parents Magazine Best of Toy Fair (2018)
  • Parents' Choice Awards, Silver (2018)
  • Creative Child Magazine 2018 Kids Products of the Year Award in the Kids Learning to Code Activities Category (2018)
  • Family Choice Awards (2018)
  • Learning Magazine's Teacher Choice Awards (2018)
  • Academics Choice Award Brain Toy (2018)
  • Oppenheim Toy Awards- Platinum (2018)
  • Toy Insider Spring & Summer Holiday Gift Guide (2018)
  • Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide (2018)
  • Mom's Choice Awards (2018)
  • Hot Diggity Awards (2018)

Beaker Creatures™ Liquid Reactor Super Lab:

  • Toy of the Year (TOTY) Finalist: Collectible Toy of the Year
  • Hot Diggity Awards (2018)
  • Toy Insider STEM 10 Holiday List (2018)
  • Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide (2018)
  • Mom's Choice Awards (2018)

Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog:

  • Toy of the Year (TOTY) Finalist: Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year
  • Family Choice Awards (2018)
  • Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award (2018)
  • Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide (2018)

Pendulonium™ STEM Challenge:

  • Family Choice Awards (2018)
  • Creative Child Magazine 2018 Preferred Choice Award Kids Educational STEM Toys Category (2018)

Gears! Gears! Gears!®  Machines in Motion:

  • Toy of the Year (TOTY) Finalist: Construction Toy of the Year
  • Oppenheim Toy Awards- Gold (2018)
  • Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide (2018)

Wacky Wheels™ STEM Challenge:

  • Parents' Choice Awards, Approved (2018)

1-2-3 Build It!™ Rocket-Train-Helicopter

  • Parents' Choice Awards, Recommended (2018)
  • The Toy Insider Spring/Summer Gift Guide (2018)
  • Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide (2018)
  • Creative Child Magazine 2018 Top Toy of the Year Toddler Builder Toys Category (2018)

Mental Blox On-the-Go:

  • The Toy Insider Spring/Summer Gift Guide (2018)

Primary Science Headlamp Projector

  • The Toy Insider Spring/Summer Gift Guide (2018)

About Botley™ the Coding Robot Activity Set: Botley introduces coding in a fun, friendly way that is 100% screen-free. Children as young as five can learn to code with Botley, but with his advanced features, he'll grow with them for many years to come. Botley is ready to use right out of the box and is the only robot that includes a 77-piece activity set. For even more fun, explore coding with Botley's advanced features. Botley can detect objects, be programmed for if/then logic, follow looping commands and take on obstacle courses. He also has a black line follow mode and hidden features to unlock! And, Botley has nearly 150 five-star reviews on Amazon.

About Beaker Creatures™ Liquid Reactor Super Lab: Kids love discovering new creatures while conducting experiments with this hands-on science set. The Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab allows children ages five and up to create their own bubbling reactions revealing collectible creatures from another planet. The fun doesn't end there! With over 35 creatures from five different planets, kids have a blast discovering, classifying, and collecting them all! The working lab set also comes with the equipment and instructions needed to perform amazing real-world science experiments inspired by the creatures and their home planets. It's a world where science meets collectibles!

About Learning Resources®: Learning Resources® is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational products trusted by teachers and parents and loved by children. The Company's 1100+ high-quality products are sold in more than 80 countries, serving children and their families, preschool, kindergarten, primary, and middle-school markets. Among the Company's brands are Pretend & Play®, Smart Snacks®, New Sprouts™, Gears! Gears! Gears!®, Primary Science, now!Board™, simple technology, Hands-On Standards® publications, Rainbow Fractions® and Reading Rods®. Learning Resources is headquartered in Vernon Hills, IL, with a European office based in Kings LynnNorfolk, England.

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