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Future Innovators: Educational Children's Toys

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7 toys created to work children’s brains differently

In recent years, people worry that children are being over exposed to technology and media. A fear based in the thought that these new technological habits are changing their brain development, potentially stunting social and reasoning skills. 

Additionally, stores and brands are being asked to display gender neutral toys as opposed to segmenting them into traditional gender roles, based on the idea that girls should be equally encouraged as boys to go into STEM careers. In fact, research by retail group Argos found that over 60 percent of adults working in design-led jobs, such as architects and designers, enjoyed playing with building blocks as children. Moreover, 66 percent of adults working in math related roles, such as accountants and bankers, preferred puzzles and logic based games as children, which suggests childhood play may affect future interests.

In attempts to guide young children in a more educated, fruitful path, toy companies and entrepreneurial scientists and mathematicians alike are beginning to create innovative children’s toys based on science, math and critical reasoning.

 Below are 7 examples of innovation in the children’s toy market:

  1. MaKey MaKey - This kit's constructivist approach to learning in which the kids set the level of difficulty each time they play makes it especially fun. How does it work? You plug it in and it allows you to make anything that can conduct electricity become a key on your keyboard.  Any object the kids want can then be used to compose music or create their own games. The expansive abilities of what they can create results in great self-confidence and accomplishment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            makey_makey_toy.jpg

  2. Roominate - These toy makes building, lighting, and mechanizing things easy enough for a child to experiment with structure and material we different designs allows for materials beyond what is provided in the kits to be used. While kids play, they are simultaneously improving their motor skills, hands-on problem solving skills and learning basic circuitry. In fact, Roominate was especially created to encourage girls to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               roominate_chateau.png

  1. GoldieBlox and The Builder's Survival Kit - The ultimate kit for young innovators with more than 190 pieces. Kids can use Goldie’s Diary of Inventions for inspiration. This toy targets both starting engineers to advanced architects as kids have the freedom to choose their own difficulty level.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               goldieblox_survivors_kit.png

  1. Young Architect  - If you know a child perfectionists that can seemed limited by creativity, this is the kit they need. Young Architext helps to get these kids to think outside of the box.  With precut blocks and stencils that can be mixed and matched, the perfection is started for them so their fine motor skills don't get in the way.                                                                                                                                                                                       Young_Architect.jpg

  1. The Magic School Bus: The World of Germs - Kids can learn about bacteria and types of micro-organisms along with the benefits and dangers they present in our world with this bacterial growth kit. It provides hands-on experiments in which kids will have to use scientific method and critical thinking (like a real scientist) as they grow their own cultures of mold, fungi, and bacteria then track results.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        magic_school_bus_school_of_germs.jpg

  2. Zometool Creator 1 - It’s like a calculator in the sense that once kids start putting things together and making connections, they will come to know the law of Zometool:  if it works, it works perfectly.  If it doesn’t, then you’ll just know.  Turning play time intuitive. This toy truly develops creative and strategic thinking skills.                                                                                                                                                                                        zoometool_creator_1.jpg

  3.  Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines - This toy allows kids to control up to three motors to do what they want with one controller.  But the truly innovative part is that they have to build this contraption themself following visual instructions in which techniques can be learned through practice.  This ensures kids to be interested in building and creating their own robotic anything.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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 As you can see from the above, innovation can be found anywhere. With top scientists and entrepreneurs focusing their talents towards inventing toys to create more inventors and STEM professionals, we are on the right track to keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive! 

 

*MU Patents has no relationship or investment in any of the above-mentioned companies or products and is writing on personal opinion and business forecasting.

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