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Why are kids so curious about each thing they see?. Every parent often tells that my daughter or son is very curious to know about everything . Why are clouds shapeless? Why don’t boats dive in? And How can a car go this long without getting tired?
But did you know that this curiosity is their internal desire to learn about everything around?
Whether your little one is a preschooler or kindergartener there will be more than 100 questions asked by them every day. While the little ones are so curious to learn this much, we as parents desire to learn more about the science, technology, and mathematics of all these activities – just to explain them easily!
But due to our hectic schedule, it gets difficult to catch up on everything by words, and here is where STEM comes in. This being said, Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics plays a pivotal role in today’s life and STEM is all about this only.
STEM activities or games provide hands-on experience and minds-on lessons to any student. It makes the learning process more fun and interesting as compared to everyday academics. It’s essential to introduce STEM activities at an early age, so as to build the kid’s ability to innovate, be technologically fluent, and understand how and why things work scientifically.
However, it’s quite difficult to find the right STEM projects for kids. Here are my personal reviews of three brands that offer STEM activities for kids. I have used each one of them and found it all much better and useful than any other ones in the market-
Crettolabs was founded back in 2016. The company’s only aim is to make STEM education accessible, affordable, and easy for everyone. They offer three products, namely –
1) Magnetic Puzzles –
The magnetic puzzles by cretto labs allows kids to create and design any colourful magnetic shapes on the given magnetic board. A kid can make more than 1000s of designs on the board. My daughter loves to create shapes on a magnetic board. The company states that this activity is suitable for age groups from 4 to 99 years.
Nowadays each kid is curious to know more about how robots work, and how to make one. This kit by cretto labs has a detailed manual to construct models. The models will help kids to learn more about simple machines, force, power, type of motions, etc.
My daughter used to build simple machines at first, and later by my help, she started building complex robots. As there is a manual available for each robot, the process gets a lot easier. I believe that this robot is best for boosting a kid’s imagination and knowledge.
3) Electronics Project Kit –
There are in total 18 components available in the electronics project kit by cretto labs. Moreover, there are 12 wonderful projects like a torch, an auto night light, that uses a light sensor to switch on the LED when the light goes out. There are also easy to use sliding loops that a kid can relate with real life applications.
The application builds curiosity in kids’ minds and allows them to explore more about electronics. In the pack it’s mentioned that the set is best suited for 6 – 14 years kids, and I am glad I bought it!
Explore toys is yet another best and an ondest toy manufacturer from India. Their STEM toy-kit is well equipped with a broad range of modules that makes the child’s learning experience both enjoyable and safer. Buying toys from Explore was my best decision every, because I have never seen my daughter this curious and expressive while playing.
All the boxes are thoughtfully created to ensure one can get the best learning experience. Here are the 5 boxes which I have personally bought for my daughter –
1) Slime making kit:
My daughter is fond of slime, and the kit contains all the essentials one will need to make their own jiggly and squishy slime! After making slimes, I store them all in the containers available in the box. My daughter used to make 4-5 different types of slime from one box itself.
2) Candle making lab:
This kit by Explore toys helps kids to learn about how candles work and the different types of flames. Kids can also learn to create and package their creations. One can make different types of candles, and my daughter specifically likes the rose candle.
3) Candy making lab :
Candies are the most favourite part of any kid’s life and so as the My Candy Making Lab by Explore. The kit includes candies making process, history of candies, through which kids can turn on their chef mode. I must say I was personally super impressed with this box. My daughter enjoyed the process a lot as she learned to make sweet & sour jelly candies and hard candies with the magic of chemistry.
4) Summer Perfume making lab :
Yet another kit by Explore is the perfume making lab which includes a lot of fragrances. The best part about this kit is one can wear them too!
5) Glow in Dark Soap Making lab :
This is a total fun kit for kids because they can learn the science behind soap making easily. My daughter learned to make scented and glitter soaps through all the accessories that were available in the kit. She also made some funny shapes with a combination of great fragrances which we have kept till date!
It’s easy to teach complicated chemical processes by the help of all these boxes. The best part of these kits is they are economically affordable and includes a lot of manuals and materials.
3D MAGNATILES –
With Magna-Tiles kids can build several geometric structures, and that’s the reason behind its popularity. Through this construction toy system kids become more creative, and can learn a lot of new things at a single stretch.
These tiles are among the list of exceptional STEM tools because it encourages 3 dimensional thinking, spatial awareness and different math skills. Even though Magna-tiles are a bit costly, I treat it as an investment due to its benefits. After going through so many brands, we came across with a brand called teamtiny cuddle.
Their magnetic blocks are highly affordable and the shapes come in bright and brilliant colors. My daughter used to create letters, numbers, animals, buildings, etc with these tiles. The tiles are made from premium components and it’s safe to use.
There are tons of STEM activities brands available in the market. Each kit includes all the age-related detailed information. Just make sure to use such a beneficial product for your kid because it plays an important role in early childhood development. When you take the right step at the right time for your kid, you will surely see positive growth in the future!
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