I adore that my children love to learn. My youngest especially is just a little sponge that eats everything up and wants to know more. Recently, he joined the STEM club at his school and ever since then, it feels like my home has been turned into a mad science lab. I can’t turn my back without him trying to turn everyday objects into robots or combine household products to see what happens. Since I kinda like my house and don’t want it destroyed by his curiosity but at the same time don’t want to squash that curiosity, I’ve been searching for fun and interactive ways to bring STEM learning to life for him. Recently, when I discovered Klutz Maker Lab Kits for ages 8+ that provide step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions that teach him how to build things like cannons, circuit games and more, I knew that I had found the jackpot when it comes to interactive ways to make STEM learning fun.
Now, for those of you who don’t know, STEM learning is a little different and it’s all the rage right now! With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math, the hands-on STEM learning that is provided by Klutz Maker Kits is a perfect way to introduce young learners to topics like circuitry, building and engineering, kinetic machines and more in a way that make it not only engaging but also interactive.
We recently had a chance to test out the Klutz Maker Lab: Air Blast Cannon and from the moment it arrived in our home, my little guy was itching to get it out of the box and start shooting targets.
However, unlike traditional toys that come somewhat pre-assembled or with instructions for mom and dad, the Klutz Maker Kit really challenged him by tasking him with building his own cannon before he could test it out. The kit came with a fun and clear instruction book that not only explained some basic physics principals in a way that was easy for him to understand but then also took those principals and brought them to life in front of his eyes as he followed along with the simply instructions.
It’s important to note that this kit does require a little parental help if your child is on the younger side of things (the kits are recommended for ages 8+) but it’s more for pushing some of the smaller parts through the holes of the cardboard than anything else. For the most part, my little guy simply sat down, opened the book and started following the instructions to create his Air Blast Cannon. He was able to punch out the included pieces and follow along as step by step those pieces changed from flat cutouts to an interactive 3-D air cannon.
I sat with him while he created and offered my assistance when it was needed but for the most part, I just watched as the wheels in his brain turned and he followed each step to bring the Air Cannon to life.
With clips, cardboard, air syringes and tubing, he began to see the air cannon come together. And while at first he thought he was just building, I watched as he learned about the physics of projectiles, the mechanics of pnuematics and how everyday machines work.
As he attached tubes and watched how the air pushed through them and into the syringes would adjust the positioning of the cannon, his brain started to turn. He began to fully understand that the air being pushed through the tubes and into a second set of syringes caused the entire cannon to function.
And when he had it all put together, he still had to figure out the aiming and the right amount of pressure to exert on the syringes to knock down targets and really make his air cannon work.
While building the Klutz Maker Lab: Air Cannon had been a learning experience it itself, using it continued to each him in a way that had him engaged and thinking for hours! Even better, the companion book for the Air Cannon includes more experiments based on the same principals so that he can continue to learn in the coming days and weeks.
I adored watching him play with this set that brought STEM learning off the pages and into the real word in a way that was absolutely perfect for my curious little boy. He laughed, He squealed. He knocked down targets. And he beamed with pride. And all the while I watched in wonder as I saw his brain learning in a way that totally worked for him!
If you have a child who loves to learn, I encourage you to take STEM learning to the next level and discover the fun that is Klutz Maker Kits! You can grab the Klutz Maker Kit: Air Blast Cannon that we had so much fun putting together by clicking here. Or if your child loves games, consider checking out the Klutz Maker Lab: Circuit Games Build & Play 5 Games!
Then give the gift that keeps teaching to your little learner this holiday season and make sure that for the curious child, you have the STEM magic that only a Klutz Maker Kit delivers under the tree!
Now tell me, how do you encourage STEM learning in your home?