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The Power of Two

Shoeboxes Birth Scientists

Published December 12, 2012 4:13 PM by Eleanor Wolfram
Have you ever noticed that toddlers have this endless energy when it comes to exploration and discovery? Children are very curious. These early childhood traits are the natural tendencies of scientists.

Human resource professional, educators and science researchers are putting forth the theory that toddlers play at play like scientists perform at work. If this is so, then promoting these early childhood traits of boundless curiosity during playtime may led to a future career in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

Future employment projections for the year 2018 predict the need for more people to study the sciences in order to fill a 2.7 million STEM new jobs gap. No more than ever, it would seem that encouraging the youth's basic innate science traits would be advantageous for all of humankind.

Child's Play Become Adult Play
Businessmen in the toy industry are not playing around. They are not letting the infant curiosity theory or job hole projections go unanswered. Especially since tapping this gap may add to their much needed revenue streams of income. Corporate companies convene think-tanks on a daily basis for the purposes of designing and creating toys that will foster a child's natural inquisitiveness.

Toy manufacturers now know that parents have known along. And that is that children are highly conceptual and have this amazing ability to take everyday household items, such as paper bags, cardboard boxes and other items  to find new and exciting uses for them. Toddlers use engineering skills to create something out of these soon to the trash bin items. Recognizing this aptitude, toy companies are creating building up and dismantling features into both manual and electronic toys.

Remember the pre-assembled pink and blue doll-houses of yester-year?  Well in today's toy store you will find a new version, such as the DYI (do-it-yourself) doll-house. It seems that the pre-fabricated Barbie and Ken houses are not as popular as this newer style which requires children to design (architecturally), construct, and assemble their own individualized doll-house.  The skills required for building this DYI toy house requires the use of math and engineering talents.

Wear the Shoes and Give the Shoebox
How often have you heard parents complain about the shopping time and the large sum of money spent on buying birthday and holiday toys, only to find that their child enjoyed creating their own imaginable toy out of the cardboard box the real toy arrived in?

If cardboard boxes are the things that future science careers are made of.  For goodness sake, start using the toy money to buy yourself a collection of Manolo Blanik shoes. Then give the shoeboxes to the little one for playtime. I'm just sayin'.

posted by Eleanor Wolfram

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