Let’s Play with STEM Toys!

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Let’s Play with STEM Toys!

In recent years, there has been a rise in focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM for short. STEM toys in particular have been enjoying considerable attention among both parents and children.

Why STEM toys?

Jobs in science and engineering have been increasing over 500 percent since 1960, and are continuing to increase at a rate faster than any other industry. Thus, being good in STEM subjects is absolutely crucial, perhaps even necessary to a broad extent.

In order to prepare children today for the demands of tomorrow, parents turn to STEM games and toys to teach concepts during early childhood. Construction kits introduce spatial skills, problem solving and basic engineering principles. Gear toys allow toddlers to coordinate colours, and learn about arrangement and rotation.

Child development experts agree that STEM toys engage children in a fun manner, emphasizing on skills such as creativity, logic, problem solving, and experimentation at the same time. Learning through play is how children explore and make sense of the world around them. It’s also crucial for their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

But experts caution parents to manage their expectations. Enjoying STEM toys does not equate to your child becoming the next Albert Einstein or John Nash. These toys can help cultivate skills that will carry well into adulthood. It does not matter if your child ends up in a science related or engineering related job. Problem solving, flexibility, team work, and ability to focus are skills that are required in jobs of tomorrow.

“We know over the long term, whatever the career track, that’s the future of innovation,” says Michael Yogman, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. “Those are the skills innovative companies are looking for.”

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