Ignite Interest in STEM
Have you ever asked your children what they want to be when they grow up? Their answers come from what they have been exposed to. Some kids want to be football players or baseball players. Where does this come from? Because they play in leagues and find they like it. It has sparked their interest to want to go further–to learn more. They are discovering the possibilities for their future adult selves and having fun in the process.
When it comes to what excites toddlers... “the skys the limit.” With their thirst for knowledge, now is the perfect time to introduce them to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). STEM provides a framework for looking at the world with an eye towards solving problems. It exposes children to different real world possibilities so they can discover new passions and help them answer the question: “What do I want to do when I grow up?”
How about a veterinarian or astronaut? Some kids play as a doctor saving animals — or a plush pal — while others put on their "moon boots" and explore the stars on a spacewalk. Thats a spark that can and should be used to ignite passion.
The kindling you add to fuel that passion are:
- The home activities you do together
- Science fair projects at school
- Volunteering at animal shelters
- Site visits to see what veteraniarians or astronauts do
As a parent you can share your childs sense of wonder. Start with activities that create a wow factor:
- Add baking soda to vinegar to inflate a balloon with gas.
- Build a birdhouse for your yard. Measure to make sure the walls are symmetrical and create the roof to prevent water from changing your birdhouse to a birdbath.
- Make cookies and double the batch to add elements of why math is important in real life situations.
STEM is thinking through real life problems, identifying solutions, and making them work. The more children are exposed to, the bigger their world of possibilities becomes. Let them dream without limits and blaze new trails bringing along the tools of science, technology, engineering, and math.
At Learning Resources, we will continue our commitment to develop educational products that help you, your children, and their teachers discover the magic and mystery of our world. We have a large selection of STEM activities and products to expose children to different concepts and help kindle their spark.
About Learning Resources
By unleashing their imaginations, children learn problem solving and practice real–life skills, helping them grow up to be creative thinkers. At Learning Resources® our mission is to provide high-quality and innovative products that provide fun and engaging learning opportunities for children as they explore, discover their world and develop their creative side. Our award–winning educational toys, learning toys, discovery toys, and teaching tools are designed by educators and have been beloved by teachers, parents and children for over 30 years.
Give the little learners in your life more than a toy. Learning Resources toys are designed to foster the development of key skills for children of all ages. Our extensive selection of learning toys & games is perfect for promoting hand–eye coordination, early numeracy skills, letter recognition, critical thinking and imaginative play.
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