As the mother of a daughter I often worry whether I encourage her enough to practice her STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) skills. I watched the recent BBC documentary ‘No More Boys And Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?’ and realised that a few of the skills that he noticed were lacking in girls for example placing shapes to create a specific pattern weren’t the kinds of activities or skills that we had been doing at home with Ragamuffin. So for Christmas 2017 I made sure that Ragamuffin received a few toys to encourage those skills. So here are 3 wooden STEM activities for preschoolers.
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Melissa and Doug Geometric Stacker
I love wooden toys and I love a good stacking toy. With this geometric stacker from Melissa and Doug you get the best of both worlds. What drew me to this one was the square stacker, and that the parts fit together almost like a jigsaw. This takes a bit more thought than the other stacks because unless the parts fit together properly, they don’t all fit on the peg. There are a whole host of different STEM activities for preschoolers within this one toy. Counting the pieces, recognising colours, visual and spatial awareness to name but a few. This is one of my favourite toys that Ragamuffin got for Christmas.
Melissa and Doug Rainbow Caterpillar Gear Toy
The only disappointment I have with this Melissa and Doug Rainbow Caterpillar Gear Toy, is that the gears are plastic. I had expected them to be wooden however, looking at the product description it does say that it is 28% plastic which I hadn’t noticed before asking my dad to buy it. Nevertheless it’s good quality and Ragamuffin doesn’t care either way. This was the first present she unwrapped on Christmas morning and has played with it every day since. She likes that she can take the gears off and likes to match them with the colour pegs on the board. There are a few STEM activities for preschoolers in this one toy too including colour matching, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards
This Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards was a favourite of mine from the minute I found it online. Of all the STEM activities for preschoolers in this post, this was the one that I thought Ragamuffin might take a while to warm to. I could not have been more wrong. From the minute she opened this on Christmas morning she loved it! I expected this to be a toy that grew with her, but she knew exactly what to do with it when it came out of the box. This is a toy that she likes to get me and daddy to play with at the same time too. As with the other toys in this post it promotes colour matching, it teaches shapes and fine motor skills. All in all a top toy in my opinion.
STEM Activities for Preschoolers
It can be hard to get preschoolers to engage in STEM activities. For me the key is for it to be fun, and I think you get that from all three of these toys. If I had to pick a favourite it would have to be the Pattern Blocks and Boards because I think they promote creativity as well, because you don’t have to stick to the patterns on the board. If like me, you love brightly coloured, wooden toys then you’re on to a winner with all three toys. I recommend them all or individually and I hope your little ones get as much joy from them as Ragamuffin does.
Do you have any of these toys? What do you and your little people think of them? Leave me a coment below 🙂
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