Happy National STEM day!!!
If you are a parent you probably have seen the word STEM on toys, educational pamphlets and most definitely at your child school but what does STEM really mean?
STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and it is a curriculum based idea that combines all of these four subjects together in order to teach and embrace skills that students will need in their every day life.
STEM also gives student the ability to learn in ways that most resemble real life by giving them tasks that require hands on experience and critical thinking.
Why is STEM so important?
1 - Encourages language development
2 - Independent & Collaborative Methods
3 - Hands on experience
4 - Encourages critical thinking
5 - Embraces creativity
6 - Builds resilience through the application of knowledge
How can you promote STEM activities at home?
You can promote STEM activities at home by letting the children be part of every day tasks and situations. Let them help you solve small tasks/problems around the house and encourage them to use their critical thinking to solve the issue at hand.
Another way you can promote more STEM activities with your children is by introducing toys that are STEM approved that are fun but will also test their problem solving skills and help with learning new skills.
STEM approved toys
The market is full of STEM approved toys and we have compiled a list of some great ones to save you some time.
Now, if you use amazon to do your online shopping, you can even shop for STEM toys by age categories:
birth to 24 months
2 to 4 years old
5 to 7 years old
8 to 13 years old
13 years old and up
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Best Seller: Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
20 piece kit allows your young scientist to explore and learn the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools
Best Review : Playz Monster Chain Reactions Marble Run Science Kit STEM Toy with Race Tracks
Space monster theme park science kit, packed full of fun learning, fast action physics experiments, engineering practice and simple machines to build.
Best Price : Straw Constructor STEM Building Toys 300 pcs-Colorful
300 pieces Straws and Connectors, the Straw Constructor inspires creativity, promotes hand-eye coordination and helps your young learner learn their colors!
Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit
Marble Run Track Toy Set
64 pcs Magnetic Blocks Educational Toys
750 Piece Snowflakes Building Blocks Set Interlocking Plastic Disc Set
Take Apart Toys Truck Toddler DIY Assembly Construction Bulldozer with Drill Tool/ Music/ Lights
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus
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