Technology is ever changing and it’s hard to keep up. While I limit screen time and other devices in my children’s day, I want to encourage skills such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but let’s face it–standards, reading dry textbooks, and boring lectures aren’t a way to help our kids learn. Being natural scientists, children love hands-on projects and a whole learning approach. Easily implemented at home, the new STEM programs make learning fun. Need fresh ideas?
Legos are awesome, and they hold my children’s interests for a long time. Of course, you don’t want to get your early learner small legos since they’re choking hazards, but Lego Duplos are a win! Playing with legos enhances your child’s imagination and creativity through engineering their custom places, spaces, and creations. Legos also build mathematical skills through colors, counting, and patterns.
As I mentioned above, children are little scientists, and early childhood is all about discovery and learning from the environment. Foster this learning through science without your kids even knowing. Primary science kits include goggles, magnifying glasses, and plastic test tubes. Your little learners can enjoy their backyard while learning about the flowers, bugs, and worms in their habitat.
Educational Insights has a great talking telescope that allows kids to peer through and look at over 200 different slides. As your child looks at the “pictures,” they learn facts about planets, animals, and plants. They can even answer questions about the slides.
Computers and technology are here to stay. Much like piecing codes together to make a computer work, the Code-a-Pillar allows kids to connect segments of the caterpillar together to make it move left and right or back and forth. Children learn letter recognition, categorization, and object properties, and have fun while building their knowledge.
Everyone loves getting stuff in the mail especially boxes of fun! Green Kids Crafts subscription boxes are geared for ages 4-10. Each box comes with a science theme in which kids can do up to 8 different STEM projects.
Make believe and pretending are great ways for kids to learn. Money skills are crucial, and while they’re learning how to work the cash register, your early childhood learners will have so much fun pretending to be a cashier, they won’t realize they’re learning how to count money, make change, and understanding core math concepts.
This cool toy is an excellent way to teach early learners about coding and technology. Kids can engineer a maze, and program a step by step path into their programmable mouse using coding cards. As your child learns sequence, coding, and cause and effect, they will love watching their crazy mouse whip through mazes to find the cheese.
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