It’s never too early to start developing sought-after skills in science, technology, engineering and math in your kids. With nation-wide efforts underway to improve STEM education and help prepare kids for the jobs of the future; we’re taking a look at how you can develop your little one’s skills and ignite their curiosity through hands-on play!

STEM learning takes an integrated approach by showing kids how elements of each subject apply to others — and to the real world. The growing STEM education movement is based on blending traditional classroom learning with hands-on activities that give children the chance to explore different ways of problem solving.

These STEM skills have never been more in demand. STEM-heavy business sectors have warned of a growing shortage as they struggle to find qualified employees. It’s a shortage that, according to STEM Learning, is already costing businesses billions a year. There’s much debate around why this shortage exists. One theory is that young people worry that STEM subjects are too challenging and opt for alternative career paths instead. As businesses work together to combat this worker shortage, we can do our part to spark kids’ interest in STEM early on.

"These STEM skills have never been more in demand"

STEM for toddlers and pre-schoolers

The benefits for introducing pre-schoolers to STEM is simple: pre-schoolers’ curious and inquisitive minds are ripe for this type of learning. These little scientists are always learning, exploring and discovering, but to them, it’s simply fun. In fact, there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that children benefit by developing STEM skills like computer programming, engineering, and building from a young age.

As parents and educators, we can nurture their learning through exciting, hands-on experiences, giving them a head start in early education and helping build their passion for science and technology.

Science, technology, engineering and math learning can be fun and engaging whatever age your kids are. Don’t just take our word for it, though. See for yourself. We’ve developed a whole range of STEM-based toys to ignite their curiosity and encourage engaging, interactive play. Head over to our STEM Jr page to find out more.