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STEM is so much more than a passing fad. It promotes children's love and passion for the fields that will shape the future. In our house, it is also strongly promoted. We limit screen time and make our kids get hands on. Starting with building bricks and having worked up to circuit kits, we now turn to Tinkering Labs kits!
What are Tinkering Labs?
In short, they are a company that makes kits. Each kit contains everything needed to let your child(ren) become inventors. They are designed to get kids interested in inventing, in creating, something. Anything their mind can come up with. They are super simple. And yet, insanely fun.
What do the kits contain?
Everything! No, really. Everything you need to build something is in the box. All the parts and a catalyst motor. There are suggestion cards to spark ideas. And all the tools you need to put them together. A pair of goggles for eye protection and even a high quality screwdriver. One of my favorite pieces in the kit? A large paper to lay down and give them a workspace! No need to worry about the table finish or not finding that tiny screw that rolled away. It is all there, in the box.
Why is it important?
We live in an age where kids are losing their imagination to video games and screens. Hands on is becoming more of a thing in the past with each passing day. Ingenuity has been lost. I remember spending hours playing with my Lego bricks or cars or Barbie dolls. We didn't have video games (except the brief time of playing Duck Hunt).
We learned real skills. Changing outlets and switches, climbing trees, cooking, woodworking and shop. My Dad was very handy-minded and creative. He instilled that in some of my siblings and I. All of those things required our ability to think. These kits do the same thing. You have to think. Problem solve. You have to get creative and test theories. These are things that children need to learn now so that they can succeed in the real world later.
On top of that, the bonding experience was amazing. I sat back and watched as 4 generations of guys got together and created something fun! Making memories is very important to us. You can lose a lot in life. But most times, your memories stick with you. So make them great!
Where can I find them?
A couple places. You can purchase it from their own website, or if you prefer faster shipping and/or gift wrap you can go through Amazon. They also sell spare parts if you need a replacement or want to expand the kit. You can get a classroom-sized order too.
Want to see it all in action? Check out the video below!