Thursday, March 30, 2017

Straws and Connectors Encourage Developmental Skills

straws and connectors
I favour S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) education, as I believe it has lots of developmental benefits for our children and it helps them to gain wider perspectives. It is important for parents and educators to encourage children to understand basic concepts of these subjects, so they can make inquiries, explore and learn. Giving appropriate tools for exploration and play has direct impact on a child's development in a variety of levels such as cognitive, physical, literacy, numeracy, and emotional growth.

straws and connectors
My children have been using Straw and Connectors for over four years, and it is one of the best toys they have. They found the new Straws and Connectors to be stronger. They like that the connectors snuggly fit into the straws, and like that the straws are flexible to build arches and tubes. Using scissors, we can cut the straws if its needed for the designs. My children feel that with more straws, they have more options to build a variety of designs and structures such as forts, rockets, boats, towers, tunnels, bridges, and more.
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I like that the sets of Straws and Connectors come with diagrams and ideas for children to look through and read. It guides them to inquire how buildings and structures are made. While children build they will be able to make connections to architecture around them. As I observe my children playing with the straws and connectors, I see that they get lots of opportunities to develop their fine motor skills, from the initial twist and snap of the connectors to connecting the pieces each time they build and take apart the structures. 
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Children will also get lots of opportunities to move around while they build tall structures giving them chances to strengthen their gross motor skills. As children play with these straw and connectors in a group setting, they will also get the benefits of developing social and communication skills.
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When playing with the Straws and Connectors, children will get the opportunity to develop a variety of skills. Straws and Connectors would encourage hands-on-learning and benefit children over four years of age if it is available for them at home and in classroom settings. These sets are available in different amounts of straws and connectors at different price ranges. The sets can be purchased in Canada, U.S.A, and many other countries at educational and toy stores. To find the location closets to you check their site.  

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31 comments:

  1. This is very interesting and looks like fun!

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  2. what fun! and so easy for kids. thanks

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  3. My grandson would love these Straws and Connectors, he enjoys creating & building forts, tents and mazes and we like toys that encourage his developmental skills.

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  4. Looks like great building fun!

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  5. I love this. I really need to get my son this , would be easier than making a couch and pillow fort lol

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  6. My boys have this toy and they love it! They love to build really high towers with it.

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  7. I also use straws and connectors with my students. I am inspired by your picture to add some silks the next time I put it out.

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  8. Thats great. The kids would have a lot of fun with it.

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  9. This is such a great toy!

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  10. Fun, love that it is a toy that encourages creativity, logical thinking and imagination. (Judy Cowan)

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  11. Straws and connectors look like a lot of fun. I have not seen them before.
    Florence C

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  12. I have never heard of this toy but I know my grandchildren would have a lot of fun building with it.

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  13. Would love to see the Eiffel Tower built.

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  14. this would be awesome for my great nephew Bo to explore and expand his imagination.

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  15. This is really neat...very cool & creative idea!

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  16. This would be a a very creative and challenging exercise.

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  17. I haven't seen these before, but love the idea.
    jan

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  18. love them! would be fun and interesting to build different things!

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  19. These would be so much fun! Imagine all the different forts and houses children could make!

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  20. Oooooh these are cool! Thanks for the great post! I will have so much fun using these with our grandchildren~

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  21. this looks like a lot of fun - thanks for sharing

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  22. These are fun, perfect for a rainy day!

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  23. I have one by the way, it keeps kids busy for hours!

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  24. My boys are a bit young for this but I could definitely see tbem getting creative with it in the future.

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  25. Straws and Connectors are brilliant,the kids would love them !

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  26. My older daughter received a big set of these when she was 4, and she loved them! I can't wait until her sister is old enough to play with them too. They are a great creative learning toy.

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  27. We have this! My boys love to make things with it. Their favourite thing to build is rockets!

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  28. These kits are so much fun

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