Have you got a little inventor in the making? Erin is very creative and her current big ‘thing’ is lego. We have always had lego in the house – who doesn’t when you have three children! However, neither Chloe or Dyl spent hours building whereas Erin is totally engrossed in building things at the moment. I was therefore pleased to be offered The Little Inventors Handbook to Review.
At the weekend Erin sat at her desk for four hours solid as she built a three storey house. She loves both designing her own buildings or following sets and has a huge list of lego friends sets that she wants. Recognising that Erin enjoys these activities has encouraged me to look at similar types of challenges that will develop her interest in STEM.
One way I am supporting her learning in this area is by paying for an after school science club, I have decided this would be good for Erin because it is making slime, building construction tasks and basically, problem-solving which as we all know is an important part of learning. I am actively seeking ways to encourage this type of thinking and learning.
The biggest barrier we have at home to providing more STEM opportunities is my imagination! I struggle to find resources or come up with the ideas that Erin can then run away with. Therefore when I was sent The Little Inventors Handbook, which is published by Collins, I knew it would provide so many more opportunities to explore and become an ingenious inventor. The handbook offers a step by step guide to thinking up fantastical, funny or perfectly practical inventions with no limits!
What we really liked is that the book is designed to be written in and squiggled over. As you journey through the ideas of problems and problem solving young inventors are given the tools to help them solve problems. The book reminds us that many things were invented by accident including crisps and fireworks – who knew!! It encourages tweens to think outside the box and this is really enabled young people to ask questions and get more interested in STEM.
In the workplace we are going to face a skill shortage in science, engineering, and tech. Therefore I want Erin to feel comfortable with these concepts and believe that she is capable of working in this sector. This is also where the big financial rewards lay and again I have no problem with encouraging my children to aim for jobs that pay well and offer an exciting career. I aim to empower all children but especially girls who still seem to think that these are boy’s subjects. The handbook celebrates the weird and wacky inventions but it also teaches our kids that by opening up your mind to this you never know when you will stumble on the big idea that does change lives.
The Little Inventors Handbook makes an ideal gift for young people and will certainly encourage and unlock your child’s creativity and imagination.