Five Unifying Characteristics of STEM Toys

Posted on April 13 2020

The message is that STEM is for everyone, however the experts say that early childhood is the best time for children to be exposed to STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) toys.

STEM toys assist in the development of how children relate to the real world and allows for their problem-solving skills to be sharpened.

If you are currently at home and looking for activities to keep the kids entertained and engaged, then STEM toys can be a helpful bridge between educational exploration and playtime.

Here we explore 5 unifying characteristics of STEM toys:

  1. As cliché as it sounds, STEM toys make learning fun. The toys allow for child-led teachings and help kids to associate science with fun, freedom and discovery.
  2. They teach problem solving and is perhaps one of the biggest benefits as they encourage cognitive development and sharpen a child’s independence and ability to overcome challenges and thus build confidence.
  3. STEM toys encourage critical thinking and creativity in children. Often children are encouraged to think of original ideas and creative decision making.
  4. Improvement of motor coordination skills in children. STEM toys are not just good for the mind and brainpower, they also improve gross and fine motor skills. The more kids are exposed to motor activities, the more confident they get at using their hands and fingers.
  5. STEM toys break down boundaries and challenge stereotypes, from the thoughts that girls can’t be scientists and the idea that maths and creativity don’t mix. STEM toys are gender neutral and inclusive.

At Good to Play we have everything from complex build and play robotics kits to a simple set of building blocks. What sets STEM toys apart is their potential for encouraging creativity and critical thinking, open-ended and child-driven play.

One of the most appealing parts of STEM is that it is truly limitless and relates to the real world, allows for trial and error and can bring the whole family together.

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