How can playing with STEM robots benefit your child's education.

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1. Promotes fine motor skills

Children practise dexterity as they connect building blocks of different sizes and shapes. This requires different amounts of pressure to assemble and becomes a wonderful exercise for little fingers which supports children in being able to control the pressure they apply while writing.

2. Encourages team work

Through playing with building blocks children learn how to share and take turns. When working together on project, children have to agree on the general idea of their play – is it a robot, a plain or a dinosaur? Children have to follow each other’s lead and begin to understand how different ideas can contribute and extend their play. Children also have to learn to negotiate roles and responsibilities in order to have an enjoyable social experience.

3. Improves creativity

Creativity is improved as children use various shapes, colours and sizes of building blocks to construct intricate designs, be it a tank in the battlefield or a tractor taking yield. Creativity and imagination is fostered when children have no limitations to what they can make. In this situation there is no right or wrong, so children can explore their creativity without the fear of failure.

4. Develops problem solving and mathematical thinking

Following instructions to assemble robots also has a lot of benefits for children’s problem solving, focus and attention to detail. Ideas of symmetry, balance, shapes and sizes are explored during play with robot toys. Children experience working with fractions when they observe how many small pieces can fit into a large piece and can begin to experiment with division.

5. Improves communication skills

It is a great way to relieve stress and engage in meaningful and joyful conversations. As children comment on their creations, they develop important communication skills including the ability to explain ideas, describe their work, talk about the process and verbalise challenges that they had along the way.

6. Develops persistence

We’ve all watched a carefully constructed tower fall over. Our toys teaches children the importance of persisting with a task to see your vision realised. Using building bricks encourages children to have a go, take their time and to persevere. As fine motor skills improve, children can create more elaborate construction and follow complex designs.

7. Improves self-esteem

Connecting small pieces of building blocks

to create a final product that follows a child’s vision can be challenging. Achieving this task holds immense sense of satisfaction that is obvious in a child’s smile when they proudly show off their completed work. This has an immensely positive effect on a child’s self esteem.

8. Developing lateral thinking and planning skills

Following instructions can be challenging. However, it does help children to develop planning skills as well as lateral thinking. When faced with an assembly problem, children have to retrace their steps and analyse their work in order to find parts that need fixing