STEM Toys & Reviews | Introducing Our STEM-Social Vision

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This is who I am & this is our discussion today...

This is who I am & this is our discussion today...

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Hi, my name is Andrew, I am a father of three energetic children and the husband of one beautiful lady. I speak to and help people with their lives all over the world. Between travelling, counselling, and studying, I have gained some good insight into parenting and making the most of available resources to ensure we can raise awesome kids who will do well in life. Let's raise balanced children who can see things right.

Before I carry out my review and recommendation for STEM-Social toys, please let me introduce some momentous revolutionary approaches to STEM play and social development.

I would also like to mention from the start, this is not your usual review which examines product material quality. We have screened this, and we can assure you that these products are quality wooden toys from trusted brands in USA.

This is a special review which covers and examines the social impact of selected STEM toys and how they develop a STEM-Social balance in our beloved children.

If you like what you see, please be sure to support our work by sharing our content.

Your help and support is much appreciated.

Thank you & enjoy your discovery

Andrew Clifford

Hi, my name is Andrew, I am a father of three energetic children and the husband of one beautiful lady. I speak to and help people with their lives all over the world. Between travelling, counselling, and studying, I have gained some good insight into parenting and making the most of available resources to ensure we can raise awesome kids who will do well in life. Let's raise balanced children who can see things right.

Before I carry out my review and recommendation for STEM-Social toys, please let me introduce some momentous revolutionary approaches to STEM play and social development.

I would also like to mention from the start, this is not your usual review which examines product material quality. We have screened this, and we can assure you that these products are quality wooden toys from trusted brands in USA.

This is a special review which covers and examines the social impact of selected STEM toys and how they develop a STEM-Social balance in our beloved children.

If you like what you see, please be sure to support our work by sharing our content.

Your help and support is much appreciated.

Thank you & enjoy your discovery

Andrew Clifford

Bridging the chasm between STEM and Social development

Bridging the chasm between STEM and Social development

children doing science experiment together
children working together on STEM toy project

"Wow! Hold on a minute, those words do not normally go together!"

"Wow! Hold on a minute, those words do not normally go together!"

Normally we would see an article on something along the lines of: "STEM VS Social Play" But now I have some good news for you!

The opposites attract... the rival schools of thought have fallen for each other in our vision to gain from the positives of both schools of thought and therefore eliminate the imbalance of neglecting the other.

For example, if I were to push STEM play without incorporating our social aspect to STEM play, the core fruit of my parenting will lead to STEM enhanced thinking and yet run the risk of a lack of social aptitude.

With our approach to uniting the STEM and Social schools, we can slowly bridge the chasm of the age-old stereotype between 'social jock/queen' and 'nerdy intelligence'. Be it true there are many very socially powerful individuals who are super smart... however, there are also huge numbers of STEM enhanced children growing into adulthood who are extremely socially inept.

"A STEM enhanced & socially creative childhood provides the best opportunity for a great holistic and successful personality."

On the other side of the balance there are millions of great socialites growing into adulthood who simply have little to no STEM enhanced aptitude. Both sides would look at the other and see it as impossible to cross that line... but what is stopping them?

Not only is this chasm prevalent on the intellectual front, but it prevails like a cloudy dismal day in the social thought patterns of young people. Why is this? Can this chasm solely be the result of personality types? Or could this also be the consequence of what the children were exposed to as they grew up?

Our mission with Eden Shack and our Great Family Values Community is to work together with emerging studies and experiences of our own in parenting and working with people all over the world to provide great products and approaches to fun and games which will aid in the core development of a holistic STEM Social balance.

Our family activity blog focuses on such principals because we view this as extremely important in rise of careers demanding STEM aptitude and the days of manual labour slowly becoming less due to the rise automation and large scale 3D printing. For all we know, the days of trade contracting, as we know it, could be numbered...

Let's not under-estimate the ability to break through into technologies that surpass our wildest dreams... the days we are living in now and the technology so common to us was only a few years ago (so it seems) seen on Star Trek...I am still waiting for my food creation machine by the way... perhaps Gordon Ramsay will get into computer programming after all... You get the picture...

STEM career demands, and emerging industries are changing the fabric of the way we approach life... it's time for us parents to be proactive and pre-empt the coming days by preparing our kids properly and giving them the best opportunity we can.

children doing science experiment together
children working together on STEM toy project

"Wow! Hold on a minute, those words do not normally go together!"

"Wow! Hold on a minute, those words do not normally go together!"

Normally we would see an article on something along the lines of: "STEM VS Social Play" But now I have some good news for you!

The opposites attract... the rival schools of thought have fallen for each other in our vision to gain from the positives of both schools of thought and therefore eliminate the imbalance of neglecting the other.

For example, if I were to push STEM play without incorporating our social aspect to STEM play, the core fruit of my parenting will lead to STEM enhanced thinking and yet run the risk of a lack of social aptitude.

With our approach to uniting the STEM and Social schools, we can slowly bridge the chasm of the age-old stereotype between 'social jock/queen' and 'nerdy intelligence'. Be it true there are many very socially powerful individuals who are super smart... however, there are also huge numbers of STEM enhanced children growing into adulthood who are extremely socially inept.

"A STEM enhanced & socially creative childhood provides the best opportunity for a great holistic and successful personality."

On the other side of the balance there are millions of great socialites growing into adulthood who simply have little to no STEM enhanced aptitude. Both sides would look at the other and see it as impossible to cross that line... but what is stopping them?

Not only is this chasm prevalent on the intellectual front, but it prevails like a cloudy dismal day in the social thought patterns of young people. Why is this? Can this chasm solely be the result of personality types? Or could this also be the consequence of what the children were exposed to as they grew up?

Our mission with Eden Shack and our Great Family Values Community is to work together with emerging studies and experiences of our own in parenting and working with people all over the world to provide great products and approaches to fun and games which will aid in the core development of a holistic STEM Social balance.

Our family activity blog focuses on such principals because we view this as extremely important in rise of careers demanding STEM aptitude and the days of manual labour slowly becoming less due to the rise automation and large scale 3D printing. For all we know, the days of trade contracting, as we know it, could be numbered...

Let's not under-estimate the ability to break through into technologies that surpass our wildest dreams... the days we are living in now and the technology so common to us was only a few years ago (so it seems) seen on Star Trek...I am still waiting for my food creation machine by the way... perhaps Gordon Ramsay will get into computer programming after all... You get the picture...

STEM career demands, and emerging industries are changing the fabric of the way we approach life... it's time for us parents to be proactive and pre-empt the coming days by preparing our kids properly and giving them the best opportunity we can.

STEM: A Positive Boost For Social Skills

STEM: A Positive Boost For Social Skills

kids playing with stem toys in classroom together

Make STEM Social to Motivate Preschoolers

- Dr Allison Master | NAEYC

We found that when the STEM task was social, children were more motivated. When children thought they were part of a group working on the task, they persisted longer at it. They were also more confident in their abilities and thought the STEM learning was more fun. Even though the groups weren’t real, feeling connected to others motivated children more.

Motivation can boost learning. When children are interested and feel successful in the classroom, learning follows.

Our society has a lot of common misperceptions about STEM. We often see it as hard, solitary, and more “for boys” than “for girls.” Children pick up on these beliefs at an early age, often based on subtle cues from the adults around them. By elementary school, girls are less interested in STEM than boys. We can help to change these beliefs by making STEM social. This may also help children (especially girls) stay confident and comfortable in STEM domains.

Read more...

“The calm and balanced mind is the strong and great mind; the hurried and agitated mind is the weak one.”

Wallace D. Wattles

“The calm and balanced mind is the strong and great mind; the hurried and agitated mind is the weak one.”

Wallace D. Wattles

Bringing a balance between STEM & Social Development

Bringing a balance between STEM & Social Development

Let's leave the study there for now. Our next article goes into more detail regarding the benefits of STEM and understanding its effects. We also have a blog dedicated to activities for our kids to carry out in both social and individual settings. We also cover fun activities which can be done as a family. These activities are STEM Socially enhanced to bring the balance between STEM and Social.

Life is all about balance, we have all met, and many of us know, people who are simply great at both the STEM and Social aspects of life. These people are generally nice to be around, and they are extremely helpful in many ways.

I believe their upbringing had a lot to do with their balanced and successful adult condition. Their parents either fluked a great balance in the exposure to the right toys/games, or they knew what they consciously involved themselves in raising balanced STEM-Social kids.

For me personally, I will not leave this up to chance with my kids, I actively look for the balance and apply it in my family. I do apply it, and it works well. Like all things good in life, it comes with challenges and can be very hard. However, the fruit is rewarding. I know I will reap a harvest of awesome children who can look life in the eyes, accepting the challenges, and conquering them to become incredibly successful both in the social, and in the STEM environments.

Life is like a garden that is constantly growing weeds... if you don’t work it, your garden will be overgrown and the plants you do want to grow, will die.

Let's put more energy into the good in life to see growth and success. For it is certain, there is a certain amount of negative energy working against us which will see us impoverished if left alone.

Balanced childhoods bring balanced lives, it takes an effort to bring this balance.

Let's do it together

STEM: A Positive Boost For Social Skills

kids playing with stem toys in classroom together

Make STEM Social to Motivate Preschoolers

- Dr Allison Master | NAEYC

We found that when the STEM task was social, children were more motivated. When children thought they were part of a group working on the task, they persisted longer at it. They were also more confident in their abilities and thought the STEM learning was more fun. Even though the groups weren’t real, feeling connected to others motivated children more.

Motivation can boost learning. When children are interested and feel successful in the classroom, learning follows.

Our society has a lot of common misperceptions about STEM. We often see it as hard, solitary, and more “for boys” than “for girls.” Children pick up on these beliefs at an early age, often based on subtle cues from the adults around them. By elementary school, girls are less interested in STEM than boys. We can help to change these beliefs by making STEM social. This may also help children (especially girls) stay confident and comfortable in STEM domains.

Read more...

“The calm and balanced mind is the strong and great mind; the hurried and agitated mind is the weak one.”

Wallace D. Wattles

Bringing a balance between STEM & Social Development

Let's leave the study there for now. Our next article goes into more detail regarding the benefits of STEM and understanding its effects. We also have a blog dedicated to activities for our kids to carry out in both social and individual settings. We also cover fun activities which can be done as a family. These activities are STEM Socially enhanced to bring the balance between STEM and Social.

Life is all about balance, we have all met, and many of us know, people who are simply great at both the STEM and Social aspects of life. These people are generally nice to be around, and they are extremely helpful in many ways.

I believe their upbringing had a lot to do with their balanced and successful adult condition. Their parents either fluked a great balance in the exposure to the right toys/games, or they knew what they consciously involved themselves in raising balanced STEM-Social kids.

For me personally, I will not leave this up to chance with my kids, I actively look for the balance and apply it in my family. I do apply it, and it works well. Like all things good in life, it comes with challenges and can be very hard. However, the fruit is rewarding. I know I will reap a harvest of awesome children who can look life in the eyes, accepting the challenges, and conquering them to become incredibly successful both in the social, and in the STEM environments.

Life is like a garden that is constantly growing weeds... if you don’t work it, your garden will be overgrown and the plants you do want to grow, will die.

Let's put more energy into the good in life to see growth and success. For it is certain, there is a certain amount of negative energy working against us which will see us impoverished if left alone.

Balanced childhoods bring balanced lives, it takes an effort to bring this balance.

Let's do it together

Top five STEM-Social toys for kids over five

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Description

Ready. set. code! When kids connect the segments-in tons of different ways-to make Code-A-Pillar move left then right then forward or wherever-- that's sequencing! When they figure out a sequence that will create a path for Code-A-Pillar to reach a target that's programming (and problem solving too)! It's all coding-and it's all fun! Code-A-Pillar is one of the new learning toys from Fisher-Price that goes beyond ABCs and 123s to help children learn how to think independently.

Code-A-Pillar features 9 easy-to-connect segments that preschoolers can arrange and rearrange to "tell" the toy how to move: forward left right wiggle dance or even wait for a couple seconds before moving again. Kids can configure the segments in such a way that the Code-A-Pillar can reach targets they set up throughout the room. There's even a motorized head segment with lights sounds and blinking eyes that brings Code-A-Pillar to life!

STEM-Social Value Review

This popular STEM toy is a great toy to teach children to work together with siblings or friends. Each person has a mix of the segments and takes turns to apply the correct one. This provides hours of fun, and laughter whilst developing STEM-Social skills.

With the age of computers that we live in, the ability to learn to think in such logic ways is almost entirely required. This type of development is now simple and fun using the Code-A-Pillar. The earlier we can develop these patterns of thought in the little guys, the better. The human mind is like a sponge before the age of 7 or near. This is the perfect toy to see this type of development. It's lots of fun for little guys especially when mom and dad get involved and bring guidance through those all-important little lessons.

It's a great opportunity to see social development too, when older sister or brother can jump in and the young one can openly share their toys and work together. This can take time depending on their personality but with work, their little minds will develop, and good balanced social skills can be formed upon a solid STEM foundation.

Ages 4-7 Years

Description

Ready. set. code!

When kids connect the segments-in tons of different ways-to make Code-A-Pillar move left then right then forward or wherever-- that's sequencing! When they figure out a sequence that will create a path for Code-A-Pillar to reach a target that's programming (and problem solving too)! It's all coding-and it's all fun! Code-A-Pillar is one of the new learning toys from Fisher-Price that goes beyond ABCs and 123s to help children learn how to think independently.

Code-A-Pillar features 9 easy-to-connect segments that preschoolers can arrange and rearrange to "tell" the toy how to move: forward left right wiggle dance or even wait for a couple seconds before moving again. Kids can configure the segments in such a way that the Code-A-Pillar can reach targets they set up throughout the room. There's even a motorized head segment with lights sounds and blinking eyes that brings Code-A-Pillar to life!

STEM-Social Value Review

This popular STEM toy is a great toy to teach children to work together with siblings or friends. Each person has a mix of the segments and takes turns to apply the correct one. This provides hours of fun, and laughter whilst developing STEM-Social skills.

With the age of computers that we live in, the ability to learn to think in such logic ways is almost entirely required. This type of development is now simple and fun using the Code-A-Pillar. The earlier we can develop these patterns of thought in the little guys, the better. The human mind is like a sponge before the age of 7 or near. This is the perfect toy to see this type of development. It's lots of fun for little guys especially when mom and dad get involved and bring guidance through those all-important little lessons.

It's a great opportunity to see social development too, when older sister or brother can jump in and the young one can openly share their toys and work together. This can take time depending on their personality but with work, their little minds will develop, and good balanced social skills can be formed upon a solid STEM foundation.

Ages 4-7 Years

Description

Playing pretend is a great way to use your growing imagination, and playing doctor with friends and family is a great way to encourage social skills, concentration and focus, and creativity!

When you open up the metal latch on my sturdy doctor's case, you'll find my stethoscope, thermometer, and patient chart, my otoscope (ear checker!), ointment gel, medicine bottle, tongue depressor and reflex hammer. I also have a spring-action syringe for when I do need to give shots, but I do my best to make sure they don't hurt! All together, that's 10 handy doctor tools. Of course, I only use the finest all-natural wooden tools with simple designs and safe paints.

STEM-Social Value Review

Pretend play medical kits and the like are an awesome toy for STEM social development. Simply in it's nature, pretend play toys give children the desire to incorporate their siblings and friends to join them in the work. They are open to your guidance regarding medical operations and this provides an awesome opening to teach them about medical science.

Great human traits are also instilled in the littles guys during play like this. They develop compassion for sick people, they learn to share and incorporate each other, and their imagination is developed. If you treat are inclined this way, you can use these real life moments when they are happliy playing to give life lessons. You can watch over them and teach them basic life skills in a practical scenario which has the potential to stick with them for life.

Ages 4-9 Years

Description

Quick doctor come to the rescue!

Playing pretend is a great way to use your growing imagination, and playing doctor with friends and family is a great way to encourage social skills, concentration, focus, and creativity!

When you open up the metal latch on my sturdy doctor's case, you'll find my stethoscope, thermometer, and patient chart, my otoscope (ear checker!), ointment gel, medicine bottle, tongue depressor and reflex hammer. I also have a spring-action syringe for when I do need to give shots, but I do my best to make sure they don't hurt! All together, that's 10 handy doctor tools. Of course, I only use the finest all-natural wooden tools with simple designs and safe paints.

STEM-Social Value Review

Pretend play medical kits and the like are an awesome toy for STEM social development. Simply in its nature, pretend play toys give children the desire to incorporate their siblings and friends to join them in the work. They are open to your guidance regarding medical operations and this provides an awesome opening to teach them about medical science.

Great human traits are also instilled in the littles guys during play like this. They develop compassion for sick people, they learn to share and incorporate each other, and their imagination is developed. If you treat are inclined this way, you can use these real life moments when they are happily playing to give life-lessons. You can watch over them and teach them basic life skills in a practical scenario which has the potential to stick with them for life.

Ages 4-9 Years

Description

Work like a captain, play like a pirate!

Do you know an aspiring shipwright? (That's someone who builds and fixes ships!) Every seaworthy pirate vessel needs a handy helper, and this work bench has all the right tools.

Why You'll Love It: You can really pound the nails with the claw hammer, and tighten up those screws and bolts with the screwdriver and wrench! The vise holds tricky pieces in place, the ruler keeps everything lined up, and the saw cuts them down to size!

STEM-Social Value Review

With solid timber play, children can get a real feel for working with real materials. They naturally develop great hand-eye coordination whilst working on projects creating hours of fun and imaginative play together.

Working with bench kits has huge benefits for developing minds when it comes to how things feel and how objects are put together. Engineering and Technical acumen comes together in a socail application to develop balanced thinking children.

The STEM social benefits are sharing and working together to complete pretend projects. They learn cause and effect through the practical application of physics while having heaps of fun.

Ages 4-5 Years

Description

Work like a captain, play like a pirate!

Do you know an aspiring shipwright? (That's someone who builds and fixes ships!) Every seaworthy pirate vessel needs a handy helper, and this work bench has all the right tools.

Why You'll Love It: You can really pound the nails with the claw hammer, and tighten up those screws and bolts with the screwdriver and wrench! The vise holds tricky pieces in place, the ruler keeps everything lined up, and the saw cuts them down to size!

STEM-Social Value Review

With solid timber play, children can get a real feel for working with real materials. They naturally develop great hand-eye coordination whilst working on projects creating hours of fun and imaginative play together.

Working with bench kits has huge benefits for developing minds when it comes to how things feel and how objects are put together. Engineering and Technical acumen comes together in a social application to develop balanced thinking children.

The STEM social benefits are sharing and working together to complete pretend projects. They learn cause and effect through the practical application of physics while having heaps of fun.

Ages 4-5 Years

Description

Hop on board the Conductor Carl Railroad, a place where children's imaginations are free to travel and explore! This 100-piece wooden train track set is compatible with all major brands of train tracks, including Thomas and Brio. It's a great way to expand your child's track collection.

These innovative pieces allow for endless track combinations, which encourages creativity as well as cognitive, physical, and social skills.

Each piece comfortably locks into another, making it easy for little hands to grasp and assemble. Best of all, the track pieces in this set are made from single-piece construction, meaning there are no loose plastic pegs that could pose danger to a child.

STEM-Social Value Review

The trusty old wooden train set..., we simply could not go past Conductor Carl's wooden trains in our STEM-Social review process. These trains create such a great opportunity for children to play together and develop social skills. I think of the many times I’ve had to coach little guys in sharing and letting their small visitors play with their "precious train set"

Coaching sharing may seem frustrating at times, but these are huge opportunities to teach kids lifelong social skills from young. The only way to overcome some things in flawed personality is to do the opposite of the negative. There are endless benefits when it comes to track-building together. Children are challenged with creating working environments for a system to work. They need to ensure the tracks are going to fit, they learn about fore-thought and planning quantities. They are faced with the opinions of friends and they learn to accept help, and they learn humility through positive peer pressure.  

Parents can step in and give invaluable lessons about human interactions during play. Children can be taught during in the heat of the moment about principals which cannot be explained to them in a class room environment.

Ages 5-9 Years 

Description

Hop on board the Conductor Carl Railroad,

A place where children's imaginations are free to travel and explore! This 100-piece wooden train track set is compatible with all major brands of train tracks, including Thomas and Brio. It's a great way to expand your child's track collection.

These innovative pieces allow for endless track combinations, which encourages creativity as well as cognitive, physical, and social skills.

Each piece comfortably locks into another, making it easy for little hands to grasp and assemble. Best of all, the track pieces in this set are made from single-piece construction, meaning there are no loose plastic pegs that could pose danger to a child.

STEM-Social Value Review

The trusty old wooden train set..., we simply could not go past Conductor Carl's wooden trains in our STEM-Social review process. These trains create such a great opportunity for children to play together and develop social skills. I think of the many times I’ve had to coach little guys in sharing and letting their small visitors play with their "precious train set"

Coaching sharing may seem frustrating at times, but these are huge opportunities to teach kids lifelong social skills from young. The only way to overcome some things in flawed personality is to do the opposite of the negative. There are endless benefits when it comes to track-building together. Children are challenged with creating working environments for a system to work. They need to ensure the tracks are going to fit, they learn about fore-thought and planning quantities. They are faced with the opinions of friends and they learn to accept help, and they learn humility through positive peer pressure.  

Parents can step in and give invaluable lessons about human interactions during play. Children can be taught during in the heat of the moment about principals which cannot be explained to them in a class room environment.

Ages 5-9 Years 

Description

Calling all color-ologists, chroma-chemists and would-be color scientists of all kinds! Crayola Color Chemistry Lab Set is jam-packed with playful experiments exploring your favorite subject color!

The Color Chemistry set includes an easy-to-read instruction booklet that's packed with more than 50 colorful STEM activities to try out at home. And there are enough Crayola materials and supplies to do 16 experiments right out of the box! All experiments have been devised and/or approved by real Crayola scientists!

Fun, educational and creative! Adult supervision is recommended. Kit comes with enough supplies to make 16 out of the box experiments Experiments designed by real Crayola scientists Hours of fun and educational benefits.

STEM-Social Value Review

When we can see opportunities in practical settings, we should always be ready to take advantage of these moments. Because it is in these moments wheen children can understand more than usual. Just let it come naturally and enjoy the moment with discernment.

It is increasingly difficult to describe every day concepts to children until they are experiencing something in real life. When our children are exposed to such activities like this Crayola Color Chemistry Lab, they are posed with many scientific discoveries, they are also challenged with the opinions of their pairs who are participating.in the activity. This is great for their STEM Social development.

Being a more advanced STEM activity, the level of interaction you can engage in as a parent is inspiring. Get in, get your hands dirty, and have some serious fun with your tweens. Make the most of the time by bringing out lessons through the challenges they face during the experiments. Look more to the social side when teachign as the Activity itself covers the STEM expereince just fine.

The quality of the materials are excellent and the experiments work really well, and as described. This is an enjoyable and fun kit.

Ages 10-13 Years

Description

Calling all color-ologists, chroma-chemists and would-be color scientists of all kinds!

Crayola Color Chemistry Lab Set is jam-packed with playful experiments exploring your favorite subject color!

The Color Chemistry set includes an easy-to-read instruction booklet that's packed with more than 50 colorful STEM activities to try out at home. And there are enough Crayola materials and supplies to do 16 experiments right out of the box! All experiments have been devised and/or approved by real Crayola scientists!

Fun, educational and creative! Adult supervision is recommended. Kit comes with enough supplies to make 16 out of the box experiments Experiments designed by real Crayola scientists Hours of fun and educational benefits.

STEM-Social Value Review

When we can see opportunities in practical settings, we should always be ready to take advantage of these moments. Because it is in these moments when children can understand more than usual. Just let it come naturally and enjoy the moment with discernment.

It is increasingly difficult to describe every day concepts to children until they are experiencing something in real life. When our children are exposed to such activities like this Crayola Color Chemistry Lab, they are posed with many scientific discoveries, they are also challenged with the opinions of their pairs who are participating.in the activity. This is great for their STEM Social development.

Being a more advanced STEM activity, the level of interaction you can engage in as a parent is inspiring. Get in, get your hands dirty, and have some serious fun with your tweens. Make the most of the time by bringing out lessons through the challenges they face during the experiments. Look more to the social side when teaching as the Activity itself covers the STEM experience just fine.

Ages 10-13 Years

Top five STEM-Social toys for baby's & toddlers

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Description

Cozy As Can Be!

In a small corner of the big woods, Seymour the Snail, Berta the Butterfly, and Lily the Ladybug all live together in a cozy mushroom house, which they've decorated with all kinds of shapes and flowers. There are 8 chunky, colorful shapes in all. Can you feel, flip, and turn each piece to puzzle out which hole is the perfect fit?

Why You'll Love It:

The Smart Shapes Sorting House from Imagination Generation is a simple, traditional toy packed with early educational value! A fun spin on the sorting cube, this mushroom house includes lots of fun, nonstandard shapes along with the typical square, triangle, circle, and pentagon. There's a little extra challenge in fitting in the tulip, snail, butterfly and ladybug! There's no assembly required, and the mushroom roof comes off super easily, which makes fetching the pieces a breeze.

STEM-Social Value

Developing social skill in baby's needs to be far more basic. Our expectation from the little guys should not be too high. They are learning how to be human, this is hard enough! Everything we do that we see as normal human actions, they are learning it all. Thankfully their minds are working overtime and they are living in a specific state of consciousness that we grew out of around the age of 7. Because of this, they are learning from many subconscious micro-expressions that we would never even notice and yet we express them unconsciously all day long.

With this in mind, the lessons that we can teach our babies and toddlers are very subtle. Even if we can glean one great lesson from each STEM toy to balance the STEM-Social, we are making good ground. The fact that baby is playing with this Sorting House is helping them with their STEM development. We can incorporate some fun challenges to add vibrance to their fun.

Activity one for babies: With parent's and older siblings... get baby to hand you a block, tell them the shape, and then show them the correct hole. Now guide them to put it in the hole. Every second, block, ask if you can have a turn. This will develop sharing and team work whilst learning shapes and motor skills.

Second activity: Let then give the blocks to their friends and depending on their age, ask them to call out a shape. When they are given the correct block, which they called out, they are to insert the corresponding block into the house to complete the challenge. Repeat process and take turns to develop the joy of working together in them, let them experience that working together is fun.

The third type of activity to develop a social balance is to get your toddler to point to the right hole before you put the block into the hole. Let them do this activity with their siblings and friends.

These are two ideas, let your imagination get to work. You can also come up with many applications to add the social factor to their STEM foundation.

Ages 0-3 Years

Description

Cozy As Can Be!

In a small corner of the big woods, Seymour the Snail, Berta the Butterfly, and Lily the Ladybug all live together in a cozy mushroom house, which they've decorated with all kinds of shapes and flowers.

There are 8 chunky, colorful shapes in all. Can you feel, flip, and turn each piece to puzzle out which hole is the perfect fit?

Why You'll Love It:

The Smart Shapes Sorting House from Imagination Generation is a simple, traditional toy packed with early educational value! A fun spin on the sorting cube, this mushroom house includes lots of fun, nonstandard shapes along with the typical square, triangle, circle, and pentagon.

There's a little extra challenge in fitting in the tulip, snail, butterfly and ladybug! There's no assembly required, and the mushroom roof comes off super easily, which makes fetching the pieces a breeze.

STEM-Social Value Review

Developing social skill in baby's needs to be far more basic. Our expectation from the little guys should not be too high. They are learning how to be human, this is hard enough! Everything we do that we see as normal human actions, they are learning it all. Thankfully their minds are working overtime and they are living in a specific state of consciousness that we grew out of around the age of 7. Because of this, they are learning from many subconscious micro-expressions that we would never even notice and yet we express them unconsciously all day long.

With this in mind, the lessons that we can teach our babies and toddlers are very subtle. Even if we can glean one great lesson from each STEM toy to balance the STEM-Social, we are making good ground. The fact that baby is playing with this Sorting House is helping them with their STEM development. We can incorporate some fun challenges to add vibrance to their fun.

Activity one for babies: With parent's and older siblings... get baby to hand you a block, tell them the shape, and then show them the correct hole. Now guide them to put it in the hole. Every second, block, ask if you can have a turn. This will develop sharing and team work whilst learning shapes and motor skills.

Second activity: Let then give the blocks to their friends and depending on their age, ask them to call out a shape. When they are given the correct block, which they called out, they are to insert the corresponding block into the house to complete the challenge. Repeat process and take turns to develop the joy of working together in them, let them experience that working together is fun.

The third type of activity to develop a social balance is to get your toddler to point to the right hole before you put the block into the hole. Let them do this activity with their siblings and friends. These are three ideas, let your imagination get to work. You can also come up with many applications to add the social factor to their STEM foundation.

Ages 0-3 Years

Description

Make and Break, It's a Snap!

This high-flyin' wooden helicopter uses top-secret aeronautic technology to snap together in seconds! Just pick up the cockpit, hold it up to the fuselage, and feel the magnets tug them right into place. Spin the rotors to star flying, and then get ready to crash and smash back into pieces! But don't worry, you'll be flying again in no time.

Why You'll Love It:

This is the one toy that's meant to be broken! Little ones can soar their plane through the sky, crash it, and put it back together over and over again. Made with three chunky wooden pieces, this helicopter magnetically snaps together. It even has a rotor on top that really spins. This helicopter is a great way to get little pilots to problem solve and improve fine motor skills before takeoff. It's fun for flying on its own or paired with the Make & Break Magnetic Airplane. Great for getting little ones off the ground, 18 months and older.

STEM-Social Value

Let the little guys take turns to assemble and break the chopper into pieces - let them learn all about magnetic force and how things can be put together. While one is watching, the other is assembling it back together.

See who can assemble the chopper the fastest, and the winner gets to have a treat - then you can ask the winner if they would like to share their treat with the other. Whether they say yes or no, this is an opportunity to show them about sharing, about empathy, about consideration of others.

Toddlers are surprisingly intuitive when it comes to these things and simple activities like this can really make a impact on their fertile budding minds. Have a go, be relaxed and work into these small activities one at a time. They will not always work, as we all know, these little guys can be extremely variable.

With the emotions on their sleeve, we can really help them to develop the social fabric for a STEM foundation. Or if you will... a STEM fabric for a social foundation in life.

Ages 1-3 Years

 

Description

Make and Break, It's a Snap!

This high-flyin' wooden helicopter uses top-secret aeronautic technology to snap together in seconds! Just pick up the cockpit, hold it up to the fuselage, and feel the magnets tug them right into place. Spin the rotors to star flying, and then get ready to crash and smash back into pieces! But don't worry, you'll be flying again in no time.

Why You'll Love It:

This is the one toy that's meant to be broken! Little ones can soar their plane through the sky, crash it, and put it back together over and over again. Made with three chunky wooden pieces, this helicopter magnetically snaps together. It even has a rotor on top that really spins. This helicopter is a great way to get little pilots to problem solve and improve fine motor skills before takeoff. It's fun for flying on its own or paired with the Make & Break Magnetic Airplane. Great for getting little ones off the ground, 18 months and older.

STEM-Social Value Review

Let the little guys take turns to assemble and break the chopper into pieces - let them learn all about magnetic force and how things can be put together. While one is watching, the other is assembling it back together.

See who can assemble the chopper the fastest, and the winner gets to have a treat - then you can ask the winner if they would like to share their treat with the other. Whether they say yes or no, this is an opportunity to show them about sharing, about empathy, about consideration of others.

Toddlers are surprisingly intuitive when it comes to these things and simple activities like this can really make a impact on their fertile budding minds. Have a go, be relaxed and work into these small activities one at a time. They will not always work, as we all know, these little guys can be extremely variable.

With the emotions on their sleeve, we can really help them to develop the social fabric for a STEM foundation. Or if you will... a STEM fabric for a social foundation in life.

Ages 1-3 Years

Description

Early Lego days are priceless for development.

Build your own vehicles and much more with this classic collection of LEGO bricks in 35 different colors. Includes windows, eyes, 18 tires and wheel rims, a green baseplate and more.

Green baseplate measures over 3” long and 6” wide.

LEGO Creative Brick building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building. 484 pieces – For boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 99 years old.

STEM-Social Value

Having stood the test of time, we need to give Lego it's well-earned place in our list of featured STEM-Social toys. There are countless ways to build this balance with Lego. My children love to play with Lego. They are also naturally possessive of “their" sets and the items they have made from the "general collection" of Lego. In this we find a great way to develop sharing and serving others.

Contrary to their possessiveness, it is surprisingly easy to begin projects for others and work together with kids to make little toys for others. We do it often, our boys often want to give Lego away to their friends. We watch this and seeing the motive being right and seeing it in a balanced way, we encourage this type of giving. Things do not always work out perfectly, but the underlying theme does eventually engrain itself in their repertoire of thoughts.

Building cool projects together from the Lego Classic range is fun, there doesn’t have to be specific items built from a set per se. Try creating simple competitions between the kids where they build structures, then work together to test each child’s creation. This is great fun and can be accomplished as teams or as individuals. The only limit is your imagination.

Ages 4-99 Years

Description

Early Lego days are priceless for development.

Build your own vehicles and much more with this classic collection of LEGO bricks in 35 different colors. Includes windows, eyes, 18 tires and wheel rims, a green baseplate and more.

Green baseplate measures over 3” long and 6” wide.

LEGO Creative Brick building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building. 484 pieces – For boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 99 years old.

STEM-Social Value Review

Having stood the test of time, we need to give Lego it's well-earned place in our list of featured STEM-Social toys. There are countless ways to build this balance with Lego. My children love to play with Lego. They are also naturally possessive of “their" sets and the items they have made from the "general collection" of Lego. In this we find a great way to develop sharing and serving others.

Contrary to their possessiveness, it is surprisingly easy to begin projects for others and work together with kids to make little toys for others. We do it often, our boys often want to give Lego away to their friends. We watch this and seeing the motive being right and seeing it in a balanced way, we encourage this type of giving. Things do not always work out perfectly, but the underlying theme does eventually engrain itself in their repertoire of thoughts.

Building cool projects together from the Lego Classic range is fun, there doesn’t have to be specific items built from a set per se. Try creating simple competitions between the kids where they build structures, then work together to test each child’s creation. This is great fun and can be accomplished as teams or as individuals. The only limit is your imagination.

Ages 4-99 Years

Description

Wooden Wonders Gizmo the Hedgecog Gear Puzzle

A gear is a kind of machine used to help make things move. Did you know we use gears every day? Clocks, bicycles, cars and trucks, all those are powered with the help of gears!

Gizmo is a very helpful Hedgecog who wants to help you learn all about gears. His body is covered with 11 colorful, interchangeable gears you can place, spin, and rearrange however you like. When you connect a big gear to a small one, which spins faster? Which way do they spin? What about when three move together?

STEM-Social Value

There's no better way to introduce children to science than through discovery! Gear puzzles are great for independently investigating simple mechanics and cause-and-effect relationships. Placing and spinning the colorful gears during open-ended play promotes creative expression while developing logical reasoning and fine motor skills. There's something new to learn at every turn!

Speaking of turns... The first activity promoting balance is to have the children take an even amount of gears each and take turns to put the gears together. Ask them colors, ask them what they think will happen when they turn the gear. Give them a turn at turning the gears as they apply their cog to the hedgecog. Another way to get children to learn about healthy interactiosn is to have them tell the other child where to put the piece their friend is holding. This is great fun and gives a really fun element to team work. This simple game is just one of many ways to generate expeeriences where children ca form healthy mindsets that it is nice to work together.

Ages 1-3 Years

Description

Wooden Wonders Gizmo the Hedgecog Gear Puzzle

A gear is a kind of machine used to help make things move. Did you know we use gears every day? Clocks, bicycles, cars and trucks, all those are powered with the help of gears!

Gizmo is a very helpful Hedgecog who wants to help you learn all about gears. His body is covered with 11 colorful, interchangeable gears you can place, spin, and rearrange however you like. When you connect a big gear to a small one, which spins faster? Which way do they spin? What about when three move together?

STEM-Social Value Review

There's no better way to introduce children to science than through discovery! Gear puzzles are great for independently investigating simple mechanics and cause-and-effect relationships. Placing and spinning the colorful gears during open-ended play promotes creative expression while developing logical reasoning and fine motor skills. There's something new to learn at every turn!

Speaking of turns... The first activity promoting balance is to have the children take an even amount of gears each and take turns to put the gears together. Ask them colors, ask them what they think will happen when they turn the gear. Give them a turn at turning the gears as they apply their cog to the hedgecog. Another way to get children to learn about healthy interactiosn is to have them tell the other child where to put the piece their friend is holding. This is great fun and gives a really fun element to team work. This simple game is just one of many ways to generate expeeriences where children ca form healthy mindsets that it is nice to work together.

Ages 1-3 Years

Description

My name is Professor Poplar!

...and these are my patented Ultimate Alphabet Blocks! I've packed as much of my own knowledge as I possible could into these wondrous cubes. Each natural wooden block may only have six sides, but the whole set of 50 blocks contains 11 concepts that are vital to reading and math readiness!

If you look closely, you'll see that each letter block features two uppercase glyphs, two matching lowercase glyphs, and two exotic animals whose names begin with the glyphs! Genius, in my humble opinion. The numbers blocks include math operators to build simple equations, pips for counting practice, and illustrations of delicious, healthy food choices. All the blocks even feature pairings of primary and secondary colors! It's quite the genius composition of mine, if I do say so myself.

STEM-Social Value

To get the most from the STEM application of blocks like this, parents and/or older siblings needs to get involved and teach, guide and have fun. There is so much to learn and so many ways to play with these blocks. With so many comparatives and combinations the possibilities are endless.

To get you started on your imaginary journey we suggest you divide the blocks evenly between the little guys and play word-building games. One such game would have the first contestant starting with a letter. Here you can teach each letter as you go... the next in line puts forth their letter. The parent or older sibling needs to moderate the game to ensure that sense is made... although a little nonsense can be quite fun too.

Once words are formed you can ask each child to say the word and then turn the blocks over and get the children to name the colors and so on... as mentioned, there are so many ways to develop STEM together in a social environment to bring that all important balance in the way children view the world and society in general. Happy days!

Ages 2-4 Years

Description

My name is Professor Poplar!

...and these are my patented Ultimate Alphabet Blocks! I've packed as much of my own knowledge as I possible could into these wondrous cubes. Each natural wooden block may only have six sides, but the whole set of 50 blocks contains 11 concepts that are vital to reading and math readiness!

If you look closely, you'll see that each letter block features two uppercase glyphs, two matching lowercase glyphs, and two exotic animals whose names begin with the glyphs! Genius, in my humble opinion. The numbers blocks include math operators to build simple equations, pips for counting practice, and illustrations of delicious, healthy food choices. All the blocks even feature pairings of primary and secondary colors! It's quite the genius composition of mine, if I do say so myself.

STEM-Social Value Review

To get the most from the STEM application of blocks like this, parents and/or older siblings needs to get involved and teach, guide and have fun. There is so much to learn and so many ways to play with these blocks. With so many comparatives and combinations the possibilities are endless.

To get you started on your imaginary journey we suggest you divide the blocks evenly between the little guys and play word-building games. One such game would have the first contestant starting with a letter. Here you can teach each letter as you go... the next in line puts forth their letter. The parent or older sibling needs to moderate the game to ensure that sense is made... although a little nonsense can be quite fun too.

Once words are formed you can ask each child to say the word and then turn the blocks over and get the children to name the colors and so on... as mentioned, there are so many ways to develop STEM together in a social environment to bring that all important balance in the way children view the world and society in general. Happy days!

Ages 2-4 Years


In summary

In writing this sort of review I feel very much like I am stating the obvious at times. For our children will naturally do these things. We naturally came up with these types of games and carried out hundreds of types of imaginary play models. However, this is not always the case for every child. Not all situations are the same. Sometimes we need to realize that bringing things like this into the spotlight and talking about it can encourage people to put emphasis on things where it matters most.

Many children grow up imbalanced and despite these imbalances can do well in life yet they always have deficits in some areas that hold them back from excellence in quality of life. People struggle with all sorts of complexes due to these (avoidable) deficits.

As parents who care, we can minimise these imbalances by becoming aware of how to raise our kids; how to get involved by raising children in a more holistic manner.

We have awesome resources available right at our finger tips. Let’s make the most of them.

I trust you have enjoyed some of the insight into this subject, there is heaps to come in future articles.

Finally, please make sure you check out our toys and games which are compiled together for one purpose... to add real value to your family and home.

This is where STEM toys meet social life.

Have an awesome day

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Andrew Clifford


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