The Building blocks for success in the digital age:
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
STEAM – Where the ‘A’ is for Arts
STREAM – Where the ‘R’ is for Reading and wRiting (should I be the one to point out that writing doesn’t start with an ‘r’ or would that be splitting hairs?)
Anyway, let’s not get distracted here, the point is I consider all these to be the necessary foundation for a balanced education and what better way to do it than through Play!
Now I’m no engineer or scientist and I may or may not have JUST passed ‘O’ level mathematics, but I have always loved technology. Based on this track record I can give myself a 1 out of 4 STEM score. I’ve put my disclaimer out there – I am certainly no expert in the field but what I am an expert of, is providing opportunities for my little one to get the exposure that will ignite her imagination, feed her curiosity and allow her to think creatively in all aspects of her life. Because I am painfully aware of my shortcomings, I have become hyper vigilant about not transferring my fears and weaknesses onto my daughter.
I have become hyper vigilant about not transferring my fears and weaknesses onto my daughter.
I am borderline obsessed with giving her a head start and if she takes after me in any way, she is going to need that headstart! With that said, I have spent a lot of time and effort looking at ways to introduce her to STEM through PLAY so that I can observe her like a mad scientist, hoping that I will be there to witness the eureka moment when she splits her first atom or explains quantum physics to me in a way that I can understand.
In a world that is driven by technology, it is crucial that children have an understanding of what drives the world they live in. Learning through play is the first step in setting up our little ones for success with the aim of getting them a 4 out of 4 STEM score, rather than my measly 1.
If you’re thinking of introducing your little ones to STEM toys, here is a great starter list of some of our favourties.
Our process for selecting STEM toys is very simple
- Is it age appropriate
- Does it interest her
- Is it interactive
STEM Toys for Ages 0-2 years
STEM Toys for Ages 2-3 years
STEM Toys for Pre-K+
Once your child reaches age 4 they’ll be ready to attend STEM camps during the school holidays and we have our eye on Stem for Kids.
Until the next post
Ciao for now!