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ERA shortlist is the talk of the town

Article By: Vivid Communications

TTS, leading supplier of award-winning educational and teaching resources to Primary and Early Years settings has been short listed in the 2013 ERA awards.

Communication was a talking point for TTS as both Talking Turtles (EY04196) and Mini Mobile Phones (EY04195) were shortlisted in both the Early Years Resource Involving ICT and Primary Resource Involving ICT categories. Outside of ICT, in the Early Years Non ICT Category, three resources have been shortlisted; Marvellous Metallics Collection (EY05039), Water World Set (EY04203) and Sparkle Cylinders (EY04131).

TTS continues to innovate and lead the way with the development of educational resources for Primary and Early Years children, and ICT is a particular strength. Priced at £39.95 Talking Turtles are a wonderfully versatile set of 10 waterproof, recordable turtles. They can be used both indoors and outdoors in sand, water and gloop. Each turtle has a numeral on the top and a corresponding word and amount underneath. Children simply press the button and speak, then gently squeeze the turtle to hear the message, there is up to 10 seconds of talk time available. Mini Mobile Phones are priced at £99.95 for a set of 6 multi coloured phones with charging bay. Children can take these real life phones up to a 50 – 60m radius within the learning environment. A 10 second record and playback function, together with a call waiting function make these mobile phones feel very realistic.

With over 14,000 developmentally appropriate resources available, TTS offers a huge choice to practitioners. Each year, in addition to ICT, they take care to develop a wide selection of non ICT products for Primary and Early Years.

The Marvellous Metallics Collection (EY05039) priced at £125.90 is an ideal open-ended resource that will stimulate a host of learning opportunities. Comprising, pebbles, spheres and donut shapes that are also available as separate sets, they have been designed for the very young in line with schematic behaviours. They can be used for construction, sensory, small world, maths and so much more.

Children love to immerse themselves in the play and learning opportunities presented with water. Water World Set, priced at £174.95 offers great free play opportunities. The collection of plastic towers with holes and channels can be arranged at varying heights to ensure that no two playing sessions are the same. Made from plastic the set comprises of 14 channels, 20 guttering pieces, including 4 with holes and 6 metal bases.

Young children will love building and playing with Sparkle Cylinders (EY04131). Priced at £64.95 this set of 5 cylinders is made from Poplar wood and each one comes with a different coloured, acrylic surface. Each cylinder varies in size which means children can place one inside another or build a tower on top of each other. The flexibility and open-ended nature of this resource means that it is great for learning and development.

The ERA Awards represent the very best in education, the shortlist and eventual winners are carefully selected by a large independent panel of experienced educational professionals across the UK. The winners of these prestigious awards will be announced at a gala ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on Friday 15th March.

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