Learning Materials Workshop was founded in 1979 in Vermont by Karen Hewitt. Her background as an artist, early childhood educator, and toy historian has informed her award-winning designs. An emphasis on the importance of open-ended play as a generative experience and rich source for fantasy and form-making is ever-present in her work. Her innovative blocks have won national recognition and are enjoyed by children, teachers, parents, artists, architects, and designers in the United States and throughout the world. Having started out as an educational toy company, over the years LMW has expanded its scope of work to include developing educational materials, providing workshops to support the use of blocks and open-ended play, and acting as the U.S. distributor for Reggio Children Publications.

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