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Nov 02 2017

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How STEM Play Grows a Child’s Future (and a giveaway)

How STEM Play Grows a Child’s Future

According to the US Department of Education, STEM is important for your child’s future. You can read more about it here. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. As parents, we not only provide for our children’s current needs but also help them prepare for their future. STEM play drives STEM learning within the powerful context of play.

When Bear grows up, he wants to go to MIT. He’s got big dreams in the world of engineering and technology.

Part of me wonders if God hardwired those dreams into him. Maybe he’s built for that. However, I know I fostered some of that by giving him opportunities to develop his interests to build, design, and discover.

Lego gun

From a very young age, Bear played with Legos. As he continued to play, his designs became more sophisticated. He wanted to take his Lego designs further, so he added RaspberryPi and Lego Mindstorm. Birthday and Christmas, as well as hard work, helped build his arsenal of materials to build, explore, and reimagine.

As I think of him, and how he’s grown over the years, I’m thankful I’ve given him the gift of play with materials and time to develop. Investing in children in play that encourages STEM is an investment into the future.

 

Lego dice tower

But how does STEM Play grow a child’s future?

Every time he was given time, space, and materials to dive deeper into play, his knowledge of how to build expanded. As he met each new challenge, he gained confidence in knowing what he could and couldn’t create at that time. Along the way, his desires fostered a love of technology and engineering. All of this fed into his aspirations for the future.

He’s not going to be an engineer in the future—he is already an engineer. Because he’s been able to taste success, he wants it all the more.

How can you invest in your child or the children you know?

Give your children opportunities to play. STEM Play (even for those children who won’t become future mathematicians) helps broaden their knowledge and experience. A child learns about himself and his interests during play.

Find good resources

STEM Activities for Kids is a resource for teachers, parents, and students.

One organization that is helping children get involved with STEM Play is Snapology. Snapology provides all that’s needed for children to engage in play. The materials along with guided and themed STEM play helps children to develop a better understanding of how to build, design, and discover.

If you don’t have a Snapology program in your area, you can start one.

Give your children the gift of play

Provide your children time, space, and materials. Utilize the expertise of Snapology to get you started in STEM play.

And a giveaway: Win a LEGO® bricks set of the Snapology mascot Sebastian Gator

Enter to win a LEGO® bricks set of the Snapology mascot Sebastian Gator (for kids 6 +). To enter, make a comment on this page (required). Here are the questions:

 

  1. What are you doing now to help your children with STEM play?
  2. What is one thing you wish you could do to help your children with STEM play?
  3. Which of Bear’s projects (above) look the most interesting to you? Why?
  4. Have you ever participated in a Snapology event? If so, which one?

 

You will get one entry for making a comment. No purchase is necessary, and the winner will be picked randomly. This giveaway is in partnership with Nakturnal. Realing in Life is not responsible for the prize nor shipment of the prize. You must live in the U.S. and be 18+ to enter.

I look forward to reading your comments.

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  1. Carolsue

    I wish I were more knowledgeable in math and science so I could help my kids more with their STEM play. I focused almost entirely on English and Literature in College. I would like for my dauhter to realize how important it is for girls to get into math and science projects.

    1. Cheryl

      Learning through play is one way children can experience powerful lessons without knowing they’re learning or how important the skills are. Check out some of the links to get some STEM ideas. Legos are an easy STEM play activity that can be combined with language arts. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Frankie Dean Felder

    I love the Gator

    1. Cheryl

      Yes, the Gator is pretty cool.

  3. Julie Terry

    I truly love STEM, learning through “play” is wonderful. I have tried to always teach my daughter’s this way, instead of just using books. My favorite creation from your article is the gator. Both of my daughter’s love to use building blocks, and I have always used them in our homeschooling, to teach colors, shapes, counting and other things. I have never been to one of the events, as there are not any near me, but if there were I would take my kids as often as I could.

    1. Cheryl

      Learning threw play is powerful. What’s your favorite STEM play and learn activity?

  4. elicia p

    What are you doing now to help your children with STEM play?
    I have actually gotten him so neat building stem kits,
    What is one thing you wish you could do to help your children with STEM play? nothing, my son has a really good mind and his problem solving is good. Although, it does take me backing down on some things when he has trouble figuring it out.
    Which of Bear’s projects (above) look the most interesting to you? Why? the dice tower looks pretty neat. I am sure my son would like that.
    4Have you ever participated in a Snapology event? If so, which one? I have not.

    1. Cheryl

      Stepping back is a great choice. When he has just right challenges, he will grow, grow, grow.

  5. Sam

    I am just now hearing about STEM play. I have started to teach my son at home to get him ready for preschool. Being a boy he is definitely interested in learning how things work and taking things apart obviously. His first lego set he got at his first birthday. It had a little car base to build your own car on! He loves that.
    He is picking up with all of this really easy and I want to keep it challenging enough to keep him interested in development.
    I have not participated in any snapology event yet but i am interested.

    1. Cheryl

      Giving him materials to build with are so important. Have you tried using PVC? Check out my PVC play posts to find out more.

  6. Nichole McK

    I love the STEM program at our school
    I have never been to a snapology event but they seem fun!

    1. Cheryl

      What do you like about the school STEM program? How do you encourage STEM at home?

  7. Vera P.

    We encourage our children with STEM toys. They love the hands on experiences, We’ve never been to a Snapology event.

    1. Cheryl

      What are your favorite STEM toys?

  8. Mike

    STEM toys are great toys!

    1. Cheryl

      Yes, they are. What are your favorites?

  9. April Karrie Bentley

    i love stem and encourage my children to pursue things related to the field.

    1. Cheryl

      That’s great. What resources have been helpful to you?

  10. Patty Stine

    It’s amazing to Bear’s confidence in action!

    1. Cheryl

      He amazing me with his engineering awesomeness.

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