STEM toys seem to be the rage for a lot of parents. They seem like everything you would want to spend your money on. Not only do they keep your kids entertained, but they also incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math into their play.
It can’t get better than this, can it?
Here’s a surprise, it actually can. STEM toys are designed to stimulate your child’s interest in the STEM fields. Something else that provides the same benefits, costs nothing, and is actually what this blog is about is: the outdoors.
It might sound redundant, but it’s true. The outdoors provides many opportunities for children to become interested in the STEM field. According to pediatric behavioral health specialist Amy Lee, PhD, “child development needs outdoors not fancy toys.” Free play allows children to do whatever they want outside. If they want to build something out of tree branches, figure out where that one ant pile comes from, or play with the roly-poly bugs by the grass, the outdoors allows them to do all of it.
Free play outside provides many benefits that can foster an interest in the STEM field for kids. Dr. Lee says that these three benefits are emphasized while being outside:
This Blog was written by Adriana C. - Summer 2019 Intern.