Put some ‘STEAM’ into a child’s Christmas

A picture of an ozobot -- Little tiny robots that can be easily programed either by an app or simply by using various colored markers on paper.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — If you’re still looking for that perfect gift for a child that will also help enhance their learning, a local teacher has some great ideas.

Andy Losik, a teacher at Hamilton Community Schools, has a list of toys that incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts and math, also known as STEAM.

The list includes:

  • Ozobots – Little tiny robots that can be easily programed either by an app or simply by using various colored markers on paper. Each color equals a different command.
  • I Heart Guts plush toys – Stuffed animal like organs for the kid who wants to be a doctor or just loves gross stuff.
  • Goldiblox and the Zipline Adventure – Kids get all of the parts to build a zipline for Goldie, the included action figure. The set also comes with an accompanying book to fuel the imaginative use of the zipline.
  • Modarri toy cars – These are like Hotwheels except kids build them from the ground up and then modify the steering, types of wheels, and suspension as well as other options.
  • Crayola Virtual Design Pro Car Collection – Crayola Virtual Design Pro Fashion Collection – Elaborate set of art and design supplies where kids make their own vehicles or fashion designs. A partner iOS or Android app lets them scan the designs and then play with them in a virtual world by racing their cars or having models wear their fashions down the runway.
  • “Book of Cards for Kids: 35 Classic Card Games” – There are so many math concepts kids learn playing card games from counting, sorting, sequencing, all of the way up to figuring probability and it fosters great family time.

Losik explains how these tech and science toys push kids to apply the skills they learn at school at home. Watch his entire interview by clicking on the video player above.


Online: Mr. Losik’s blog

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