STEM

Best Christmas or Hanukkah gifts are always STEM related in some way.

The holiday season will be here before you know it. And as always, there will be the mad rush to find out what the “next hot toy” will be? And every year, hundreds of new toys hit the market. But the most successful toys usually have one feature in common: They are almost always STEM related! This has been the case since before the word “STEM” became part of any [...]

Next-Gen Tech Toys: Retro With A Twist

Will video game consoles make the toys we grew up with obsolete? I say “No way!” The kind of toys where we used our hands and imaginations to learn and grow will always have a place in children’s hearts. The way we first learn to play pours the foundation for the way we will learn throughout life. I have nothing against console video games. I think they can be very [...]

Kids learn STEM principles ─ and love to share their creations!

Construction toys offer one of the few open play patterns that allow kids the ability to build confidence while playing. Most construction toys offer both abstract and methodical builds. Engineering can be a daunting task and, but it forces children to utilize both sides of the brain. Much like being bi-lingual, the re-working of how the brain thinks is greatly enhanced with construction toys. One of the greatest accomplishments a [...]

We Remember Our Favorite Toy Forever

Do you remember your favorite toy growing up? Odds are, you don’t have to think too hard to remember. Most likely, you already have fond memories popping up of your G.I. Joe … your Barbie … your Matchbox cars … or any one of hundreds of other toys. No matter what it is, what’s important is that your favorite toy holds a very special place for YOU. Those were very special [...]

Uniquely Human

The Challenge AND Reward of Using Our Hands To Build With Models and Construction Toys. It’s a uniquely human trait to use our own hands to craft, create and turn nothing into something. To turn what was once useless into something that serves an important purpose. Over thousands of years, we’ve learned how to turn a rough rock into an arrowhead … weave reeds into a basket … and create [...]