Tuesday, August 1, 2017

STEAM education encouraging kits from Twiggle Toys

bracelet making
I love the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) education approach, as this method encourages children to have fun while they develop age appropriate essential skills needed for lifelong learning. Since our children were babies, we have always been enthusiastic about hands-on-learning. We have used creative approaches, everyday materials, kits and tools to further their knowledge.

twiggle toys circuit
Twiggle Toys, a Canadian toy store specializing in toys that promote STEAM education was launched by parents, Mikaila and Jiun, as they were passionate about the importance of teaching children through play. They sell a wide range of toys and educational kits online from a variety of vendors based on children’s age groups such as 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10+.

The following three educational toys and kits we chose from Twiggle Toys were in the 8 to 10 year old children’s category. These kits have a wealth of knowledge, and are also helpful for children over 10 years, since the subject matters relate to basics taught in elementary and junior grades.

To introduce our children to the basics of electronics, we got them a Snap Circuits kit. This kit allowed them to learn how circuits work, and do a variety of hands on projects that we found to be amazing. It is fun to connect the circuits to make sound effects, lights, and even make objects fly.
bracelet making
With this Electronics learning Circuits by Thames and Kosmos available at Twiggle Toys, we wanted our children to further their knowledge about how electronics work. This snap together electrical building blocks introduce children to the concept of electronics and how they work. 
My children found in this kit, they have to follow it by the book and it does not give them the freedom to experiment beyond the projects mentioned in the project book. The connectors in this kit felt more fragile, and can easily bend and damage when it is removed and the pieces are connected. This kit would be a good introduction kit for young children.
bracelet making
This summer both our children, especially our daughter has been enjoying the best friend Bracelets Spice Box kits for kids. It is a cool way to learn how to make creative bracelets. This kit teaches children to make sixteen different designs using string and cord. The kit includes everything needed to make the bracelets, which is awesome as our daughter was able to follow the instructions to make a variety of bracelets with beautiful designs to share and wear. 
bracelet making
She likes using the five different templates in the bracelet wheel. The book teaches children with colourful images and step-by-step instructions to make braided and knot bracelets using craft string and embroidery floss. 
bracelet making
The kit also teaches children to make paracord bracelets, also known as survival bracelets, which can unravel into a few feet of cord to use in a hiking or camping emergency. 
twiggle toys microscope
This creative kit is valuable in encouraging children to develop their fine motor skills. It will help encourage children to develop their social skills, as they make and share these friendship bracelets. Following the instructions will help with improving literacy skills. This kit encourages creative skills, and help emotionally to feel calm and get a sense of achievement. As a parent, I love that this kit teaches children one of the memorable crafts of growing up we did as children. Children will love showing their personality and style with the skills they learn and the bracelets they make using this kit.
twiggle toys microscope
Nancy B's Microscope and activity journal is an exciting way to encourage children's curiosity and introduce them to biology. This introductory battery operated microscope has a 2-in-1 light and dissecting microscope with 30x, 200x, and 400x magnifications. The kits has a full set of science tools such as tweezers, scalpel, petri dish, spatula, stirring rod, test tube, pipette, 7 cover slips and slide labels, 4 prepared slides, 7 blank slides, and specimen vial. This kit comes with prepared slides of peacock feathers, goldfish scales that are interesting to zoom in and observe. 
twiggle toys microscope
We love that children can also prepare slides with content they want to explore into the blank slides that come with this kit using the science tools. The microscope has a rubber eye cup to ensure comfort while observing. The kit has a keepsake journal with 22 pages of fun science experiments and activities from observation to creative writing, drawing, and more. This kit encourages self discovery, and introduces children to real science tools. We like this kit, as it lets children to be curious and do safe and fun science experiments on their own.

These kits and many others available at Twiggle Toys has a holistic interconnected system of learning that helps children develop a variety of skills needed to be successful in many different subjects. With these types of kits, we can introduce our children to different fields of study to understand a variety of concepts.

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3 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this brand yet, but it looks amazing! Looks perfect for our upcoming homeschooling year.

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  2. I love every single one of these toys! My kids would have loved them.

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  3. These kits from Twiggle Toys offer a variety of activities to encourage many different interests. I think kids would love them.

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