[ExI] Do STEM toys actually teach kids science and math?

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 3 06:54:31 UTC 2020

"With a rocky year of pandemic-related educational disruptions ahead, many
parents are looking for ways to help their kids learn at home. Toys
advertised as teaching *STEM*
<https://www.livescience.com/43296-what-is-stem-education.html> might seem
like one way to fill the gap. But do they really work?

The answer is yes, research shows that toys can indeed teach science,
technology, engineering and *math*
<https://www.livescience.com/38936-mathematics.html> concepts — but don't
focus on advertising or fancy labels to find the best bets. There's no
minimum educational requirement that toys must reach to label themselves a
"STEM toy," so almost everything on the market is untested. Instead,
experts say, look for toys that encourage open-ended, active play and
problem-solving. Some proven winners? *Tinkertoys*
board games, decks of cards and *building blocks*

I'm curious what list members think are among the best toys and games for
developing young minds. I have a little one on the way, so this really
matters to me...

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