As some of you already know, I am a homeschooling parent, having taught my children exclusively in my home for altogether 14 years now. I find it an integrated and important part of living mindfully and with loving kindness while raising children to be mindful and empowered individuals no matter what their personality.
Because of this, I am always looking to partner with companies that make empowered education their priorities. One of my favorite homeschool suppliers, Educents, has created construction toys specifically designed to encourage girls to explore engineering, which is often looked at as a male job, and consciously, or subconsciously discouraged for female students by well-meaning teachers. Check it out:
What is it?
GoldieBlox: Construction toy featuring the world’s first girl engineer character, Goldie Blox! This kit introduces the real-life STEM concept of prototyping. Designed for tinkering and creative exploration, GoldieBlox toys build spatial skills, eye-hand coordination, and confidence in problem-solving.
Why is it cool?
All GoldieBlox toys are inter-compatible with existing sets and perfect for curious and crafty kids ages 6+. The kit comes with 275+ pieces, a poster full of engineering terms and exciting build ideas, a caterpillar, bouncing robot, and a catapult! Hundreds of how-to building videos can be found online to help spark creativity in young engineers.
The Craft-Struction Box combines the best of crafting and construction for the ultimate open-ended play experience! Kids will think like Goldie to prototype and problem-solve, and with over 275 pieces the possibilities are endless!
Additional Suggestions for Use:
GoldieBox Craft-Struction naturally lends itself to following step-by-step directions included in the kit.
But, here’s how your child can extend the use of this construction toy with the STEM philosophy in mind:
- Give your child specific directions to help solve a problem with only a select few pieces. For example, using only 50 pieces, build a bridge that can hold the weight of a medium-sized potato.
- Have your child create a short animation of a creature they build.
- After building a tower, have your child design the blueprint with directions for the tower. Then, have someone else follow the steps to build the tower. How accurate were the directions? The design? Talk about why it’s important to be precise with directions and designs. Have your child made revisions accordingly
- Have your child take photographs as they build a structure and put together a “how to” picture book for siblings.
- Have your child find the perimeter, area, and volume of the structure they build. Talk about the 2D and 3D geometric shapes and solids they find in their creations.
Read more about the Construction-Box some a homeschooler’s perspective here.