The latest trend in toys is not an app or a cartoon character, but it is STEM. It is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
The focus of STEM toys is to teach how these subjects relate to each other and the real world. They encourage kids to develop skills in the core disciplines with practical applicability.
We are aware of the fact that people with technical degrees generally have better job opportunities. So, the toy creators came up with the idea of STEM toys to start teaching kids quite early in life in a playful manner. Toys have a huge impact on the kid’s life, so why not provide something that can have a positive impact on them for a lifetime. A couple of years back, the problem was to find good toys that would help fire up the kid’s math and science creativity. These days, parents have the opposite problem. There are so many techno-friendly toys that it’s much harder to choose the best one.
The best STEM toys will always be the ones that offer a wide range of opportunities at varying levels of difficulty. Metaphorically speaking, these are the kind of toys that grow with a child. So, while choosing a particular toy, always keep in mind this most important criterion.
In some countries, logic games are not very popular. This is actually very bad as reasoning and logic form the core skills on which science and maths thrive. Logic games are an excellent way to build up spatial and logical reasoning skills, which are required all through the life. These skills also aid in life skills, so you can understand how important it is to develop logic and reasoning skills right from the beginning.
Apart from toys that give electronic, robotic, or engineering concepts, another popular category that falls in STEM toys are the ones that teach to decode codes. These coding toys have hands-on approach, which is multi-sensory in nature. The coding instructions are game based, so kids are motivated the whole time. The games may have secret doors or there may be some extra points for solving a challenge within a stipulated time.
These toys offer exciting opportunities to build a strong foundation of skills in science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun way.