Help me give my students new STEM building toys to help enhance creativity.
My students are a fantastic group of young people. They go through many struggles in their young lives, and have overcome many obstacles. My group of students are diverse and come from different backgrounds. Almost all of them come from low income homes. Some of them have disabilities. They attend the charter school because their families believe in our mission and want better for them.
My students have formed a love for learning and want to be at school.
They work hard every day despite the difficult circumstances of their home life. Our curriculum is challenging and rigorous, but my students are tackling it with enthusiasm, and are grateful for the opportunities they are given. I am excited to come to school to learn and grow with them every day.
Young children often learn by play. In our classroom, play is often incorporated into the curriculum, especially in science and social studies. In science, the children often learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). A huge part of this is learning to build and create structures. It is a great way for the students to learn about these concepts.
Perhaps there is the next Frank Lloyd Wright, Mae Jemison, or Elon Musk in my classroom.
The magnet tiles, Straws, Tinker Toys, and other building toys will be used as morning work and for children that finish their work early to build something related to what we are studying as an enrichment "challenge". For example, when we study symbols of the United States, the children could build a US monument or other symbol.
The STEM toys will also be used during inside recess to free build. By learning about STEM through play, the children will develop not only scientific, technological and engineering knowledge, but will learn about team work and cooperation by playing together. They will learn persistence and perseverance as they try new way to build. They will learn problem solving skills. All of this learning will happen as they are having fun!
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|cossy Kids Magnet Toys Magnet Building Tiles, 120 Pcs 3D Magnetic Building Blocks Set, Educational Toys for Kids Children • Amazon Business||$47.99||1||$47.99|
|DII Chevron Storage Bin, Large 13x13x13", Gray, 2 pieces • Amazon Business||$11.05||4||$44.20|
|hand2mind Reading Rods, Alphabet and Phonemic Awareness Linking Cubes for Early Reading & Word Work (Set of 82) • Amazon Business||$17.93||2||$35.86|
|WishaLife 250 Pieces Tube Toys, Sensory Toys, Toy Pipe, Tube Locks Set, Tubular Spout Construction Building Blocks Set, Educational STEM Building Learning Toys with Wheels for Kids Boys Girls • Amazon Business||$29.99||1||$29.99|
|ZoZoplay Straw Constructor STEM Building Toys 400 Piece Straws and Connectors Building Sets Colorful Motor Skills Interlocking Plastic Engineering Toys Best Educational Toys Boy & Girl (400 Straws) • Amazon Business||$19.99||1||$19.99|
|WITKA 99 Pieces Magnetic Building Sticks Blocks Toy Brain Training STEM Toys Intelligence Learning Games Set Gift for Kids • Amazon Business||$19.99||1||$19.99|
|AveryLu 500 PCS Building Toy Building Blocks Bars Different Shape Educational Construction Engineering Set 3D Puzzle, Interlocking Creative Connecting Kit, Building Construction Toys A Great STEM Toy • Amazon Business||$15.99||1||$15.99|
|The World of Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar Counting Floor Puzzle • Amazon Business||$14.99||1||$14.99|
|Carson Dellosa – Sentence Building Literacy Resource with 86 Cards for Language Arts For K, 1st, & 2ND Grade & Ell • Amazon Business||$14.99||1||$14.99|
|RAINBOW TOYFROG Star Flex Create Puzzle-STEM Toys-Brain Building Toy for Kids Educational Alternative to Building Blocks-Safe Kids Material • Amazon Business||$14.98||1||$14.98|
|EMIDO Building Blocks Kids Educational Toys STEM Toys Building Discs Sets Interlocking Solid Plastic for Preschool Kids Boys and Girls, Safe Material for Kids - 120 Pieces with Storage Bag • Amazon Business||$14.98||1||$14.98|
|VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set | A Creative and Educational Alternative to Building Blocks | Tested for Children's Safety | A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business||$13.98||1||$13.98|
|The World of Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin & Seek ABC Game • Amazon Business||$12.29||1||$12.29|
|The World of Eric Carle Let's Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Counting Cards Kids Game, Fun For Preschool Children Ages 3 & Up • Amazon Business||$11.75||1||$11.75|
|Trend Enterprises Rhyming Fun-to-Know Puzzle • Amazon Business||$7.44||1||$7.44|
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