STEM Toys…We think the name says it all? These toys are amazing in so many ways. Now like most products we sell we like to test them out. Of course, this is for your benefit, and in no way should our enjoyment be seen as anything else but work related.
Our little man gives these the once over to make sure they are durable for the most adventurous little boys and girls.
Our STEM toys bring science, maths, and even art together to design and construct structures and solve problems! It refers to the practical application of knowledge and design to achieve solutions to human problems and is incredibly diverse! Engineers constantly build on past knowledge and successes to improve and evolve structures, technology, machines, and much more – nearly everything we use has been engineered!
At the heart of engineering is problem solving! For example, engineers will:
- Ask – Define Problem
- Imagine – Brainstorm Ideas & Select the Best
- Plan – Draw a Diagram & Collect Materials
- Create – Follow Plan and Test
- Improve – Discuss Possible Improvements & Repeat
Through this process, children can build the following skills: systems thinking, creativity, optimism, and collaboration, which are essential for living in the 21st century!
This refers to being able to recognize the connections in the world – i.e. learning that making the change to one system or structure can have an influence on another one. Basically, it reinforces the concept of cause and effect but on a greater level and lets children realize actions may have consequences that are not obvious or seen straight away!
The process of brainstorming ideas and creating a plan in engineering is a great example of creativity! It’s important to remember outside of literacy, music or art, etc. that creativity can be explored in other areas – even in the STEM world!
Engineering, as we said, is a process of improvement and problem solving- when children partake in engineering activities, they start to see how many possibilities and opportunities there are in every task or challenge! Through partaking in these activities, they build persistence and self-confidence. This in term helps children develop a sense of self-efficacy which has a profound impact on their greater development
Working together, sharing ideas, and seeking out the opinions and perspectives of others are a crucial part of engineering challenges! It’s a great way to foster cooperation and social/communication skills in young children.
If you feel like STEM toys would make a great addition to your child’s toy chest, take a look at Little Newton’s. We’re one of the most reputable online toy stores in Australia, and our catalogue more than speaks for itself.