If you're a parent, there's no doubt that you've heard the buzzword 'STEM'.
It stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and it's fast become one of the biggest toy trends for kids.
Read on to find out why STEM toys are so important for your child's development - and how they can even influence their future career.
What are STEM toys?
STEM toys aim to inspire children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from an early age. They don't have to have 'science' plastered all over the box; to be classed as a STEM toy, they must simply fulfil a few simple criteria:
- The toy must be linked to at least one of the four fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Although the best STEM toys combine different fields.
- They must have a clear objective without limiting the children to a one-way solution.
Why should parents buy STEM toys?
1. STEM toys let kids have fun while learning
Play is one of the best ways that children learn - and can help them develop important skills for later life. But at a young age, learning must be fun.
Building block toys - like this VELCRO® Brand BLOCKS Construction Set - help children to develop motor skills and an early interest in engineering. Not to mention, it helps to develop their creativity and imagination.
2. STEM toys teach children problem-solving skills and encourage them to overcome challenges
Problem-solving is a vital skill - and STEM toys help to teach it from an early age. This VELCRO® Brand BLOCKS Robot is a prime example - it allows children to experiment with different combinations of blocks until they find the right combination to build the robot. And the soft, foam blocks are designed for small hands.
3. STEM toys encourage non-screen time
Every parent in the digital age knows how hard it is to encourage children to spend time away from phone, tablet and TV screens.
Encouraging children to play with STEM toys is a great way to reduce their screen-time and provide an alternative fun and engaging way to play.
4. STEM toys help to nurture your child's imagination
During their childhood, it's important to help them develop their imagination through the medium of play. An important skill that will help your child innovate in later life.
5. STEM toys prepare kids for a career in innovation
Most importantly, STEM toys help spark an interest in science and technology from a young age and give kids a head start in preparing them for STEM jobs in later life.
The number of new STEM roles is expected to double in the next ten years, leading to a whole new world of opportunity for younger generations. Encourage your child to play with STEM toys from an early age and you could spark an interest in science that could lead to a career in science and innovation years down the line.
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