(StatePoint) Want to take play time up a notch at your house? Consider offering kids opportunities to explore their creativity, support STEM learning, and pick up important skills through hands-on experiences.
â€œThere are many ways to foster excitement in children to learn, while encouraging them to explore and experiment with their creativity,â€ says Evan Buzzerio, chief marketing officer of Horizon Group USA, a leader in the creative DIYÂ marketplace.
Here are some fun ideas to get started:
â€¢ Chemistry Lab: For a fun, fizzing and slimy reaction, check out FIZZYGLOOP, a DIY kit available in Unicorn, Confetti, Holographic and other fun themes that includes all the ingredients needed to create a foaming, slimy goo.
Or, transform your play space into a scientific laboratory. Create oozing, slimy spheres that kids can pop and squish to reveal gooey centers, with a new DIY kit just for kids called OOZ-Oâ€™s, which are available in themes like Mermaid, Unicorn, Galaxy and Monster, and help introduce basic chemistry principles.
â€¢ Tactile Fun: Whether itâ€™s making and playing with slime or using a stress ball, tactile fun can build strength in arms, hands and wrists and improve motor skills in fun, mess-free ways.
â€¢ Crafty Science: Kids can learn the science of soapmaking with YOU*NIVERSE Sparkling Squishy Soap kits, by creating colorful soaps that are squishy to the touch in fun, moldable shapes like pizza, a smiley face and donuts.
â€¢ Kitchen Help: Get kids involved in the kitchen. From shelling peas to kneading dough, there are lots of tasks children can do that help build motor skills. Plus, itâ€™s a great opportunity to teach kids cooking basics and facts about nutrition.
â€¢ Rock Science: Inspire a love of geology and the scientific process with a home geology set, such as the Discovery Galactic Fizzing Dig kit, which allows children to create fizzing, bubbling reactions to unearth and study six real gemstones using a mallet, chisel and magnifying glass.
Helping kids explore the world around them can start right at home. Luckily, hands-on, creative play is one of the best ways to learn.
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