STEM learning has started with some baby steps in our household.
It’s little C’s day job, being two-and-three-quarters, to test limits and push boundaries as hard as he can to see if they buckle or come crashing down.
So after a challenging week on a rainy Saturday afternoon, it was time to take this idea one step further with the new STEM-inspired Domino Robot Factory from Hape.
For those of you who don’t know what STEM stands for (and I know a few), it’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. And there has been a big push in our household for little C to learn STEM early – since daddy is an oil & gas engineer.
Our mini ‘mohandes’ (engineer in Farsi) already loves to explore how and why things work the way they do, so the dominoes were an instant hit.
Little hands quickly got to grips with the bright red tipper car, crazy ball track and ramps to form an exciting, fast-paced robot themed production line which created plenty of drama and spectacle.
The brightly-coloured pieces helped him understand how to catapult the wooden ball into the air (and under the sofa) and then motor along the double-sided track. There were a whole host of different ways for him to play (screen-free) and it kept him busy all afternoon.
The set doesn’t come with instructions or a rule book and little C really impressed H and I with his ingenuity, creativity and problem-solving skills. He was super-inventive as he grappled with the concept of potential energy, momentum and gravity, as well as a basic understanding of the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning.
On a parental note, the pieces come beautifully crafted from natural materials and Hape uses only water-based paints. The Robot Factory Domino Set is available to buy online for £49.95 from Wicked Uncle.