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Engineering and Literacy
We've handpicked the Best STEM based Engineering Kits for Kids
The Birthday Box - Special Edition
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Celebrate your special day with us! The Birthday Box makes the perfect gift for your little one.
The special edition Birthday Box includes an adorable book titled 'Cake' by children's book author Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. 'Cake' has been invited to his very first birthday party and he wants to dress up. He goes to town to find the perfect outfit for this special occasion. Excited and all dressed up Cake arrives at the party only to realize that maybe this isn't an event he wants to be invited to! This book is wonderfully illustrated and will leave you laughing at every turn. Young bakers will also make a real birthday cake and celebrate their special day with loves ones.
The Birthday Box also includes 2 STEAM learning kits, a bonus birthday card recipe, designed and inspired by the book 'Cake'. All supplies included.
+ Make an exciting Birthday Cake: Young bakers will make a faux cake and decorate it with confetti and buttercream slime.
+ Make Confetti Slime: Make Confetti Slime and learn the exciting science behind Slime.
+ Bake your own Cake: This box includes a special cake recipe that you will make with your little baker! So put on your chef hats and get ready to make a delicious Birthday Cake!
+ WHAT’S INSIDE: Hardcover children’s book, kid-friendly learning manual, instruction manual, 2 STEAM learning kits, 1 Cake recipe, fascinating keepsakes, and much more.
Space Edition: StarStruck Box
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Take an adventurous journey into the cosmos with America’s first professional female astronomer ‘Maria Mitchell’. A great addition to your library, ‘What Miss Mitchell Saw’ is written by Hailey Barrett and wonderfully illustrated by Diana Sudyka. Every night, Maria stood on her rooftop with a telescope and swept the sky. One day, she came across an unusual celestial object – a comet, a discovery that would change the field of astronomy forever!
This artistically illustrated book follows the story of a young girl from humble beginnings and her fascination with the night sky. Her passion leads her to discover a comet and paving the way for future female astronomers. Using lyrical text along with simplistic and enchanting artwork, the book explores the life and discoveries of Maria. ‘
INSIDE THE BOX...
READ AND LEARN: ‘What Miss Mitchell Saw’ is the perfect book for budding astronomers and space lovers everywhere
BUILD AND LAUNCH A COMET LAUNCHER: Learn about Comets and build your own comet launcher using Newton’s laws of physics.
CONSTRUCT A TELESCOPE: What is a telescope and how does it work? Construct your own exciting telescope and get ready to sweep the night sky
MAGICAL WAND READING POINTER: Design a beautiful magical wand reading pointer that you can use to read your magical book of the month
WHAT’S INSIDE: Hardcover children’s book, kid-friendly learning manual, instruction manuals, 3 STEAM learning kits, all materials included, fascinating keepsakes, and hours of screen-free entertainment and learning.
Biology in a Box - Cell Exploration
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Young biologists, get ready to take a closer look at human cells and discover everything there is to know about them. This fun box includes a hard-cover children's book titled 'Cells: An Owner's Handbook' written by children's book author Caroyln Fisher. Join Ellie, the skin cell who lives on the backside of an adventurous dog, as she introduces young readers to the various cells which make up everything on the planet. The book is filled with fascinating facts about human cells. Kids learn a new skill of sewing while making a 'cell model' pillow and, become experts by knowing the vital organs in a human body. Enjoy hours of learning while having fun. (roughly suited for kids 7-8 years)
HANDS-ON LEARNING: Young biologist and future doctors study the structure of a cell and learn about vital organs of the body
READ AND LEARN: ‘Cells: An Owner’s Handbook’ is a great resource book with fascinating facts about the human body
MAKE A ‘CELL PILLOW MODEL’– learn an exciting new skill of sewing and build your own ‘cell’ pillow
VITAL ORGANS CHART- Play a fun game and learn how cells make up our vital body organs
WHAT’S INSIDE: Hardcover children’s book, kid-friendly learning manual, instruction manual, 2 STEAM learning kits, fascinating keepsakes and much more.
Space Edition: Moon Phase Box
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Discover the book, ‘Moon: A Peek-Through Picture book by children’s written by Britta Teckentrup. Young minds will be introduced to the concept of the Lunar Cycle and will learn about the different phases of the moon. How do different animals react to moonlight? How do the phases of the moon affect the tides? Why does the moon look different every night? The box includes 2 DIY STEAM activity kits. Kids make a Lunar calendar with different phases of the moon and also make a beautiful Moon Mobile which can be used to decorate their room. Young stargazers are sure to be engaged with this unique box. The goal is to teach little ones about the moon and its different phases. Hours of fun and learning with Storybook Science.
+HANDS-ON LEARNING: Focus on the ‘E’ and ‘S’ in STEAM education with this fascinating space activity box.
+READ AND LEARN: Learn all about the unique 8 moon phases and how it affects the earth with the magical book titled ‘Moon: A Peek-Through Picture book’ by children’s book author Britta Teckentrup.
+MAKE A LUNAR CALENDAR: have a blast while making a Lunar Cycle calendar using model magic clay.
+CONSTRUCT A MOON MOBILE: Introduce engineering to young innovators as they paint and build a moon mobile made up of different phases of the moon.
+WHAT’S INCLUDED: Hardcover children’s book, kid-friendly teaching resources, easy to follow instruction manuals, 2 GLOW-IN-THE-DARK moon phase cutouts, 2 STEAM learning kits with all materials included, enchanting keepsakes, and much more.
Best Engineering Kits for Kids
How to foster a love for engineering in early years?
Is your child constantly playing with tower blocks, making different objects from clay or amazed by tall buildings or beautiful bridges?
Chances are your child is a little engineer. Children are naturally curious and are always looking to unravel the mysteries around them. With the right approach by adults, these little adventurers can one day become successful engineers.
With our ever-changing physical and digital infrastructure, engineering is in high demand in all sectors. The skills of an engineer are needed in all aspects of building a society and this demand is not going to go away. It is easier to engage and introduce children to engineering concepts at a much earlier age than you might think. The ability to think outside the box, learning to communicate and collaborate with others, and to overcome failure using trial or error are all traits which can be taught. Children do not have to wait until entering college or high school to learn the concepts of engineering.
Here are 4 tips to foster the love of engineering in your child
Explain what an engineer does: Talk to your kids about what is engineering in simple terms. Molding a clay, making a block tower and balancing a birdhouse is all engineering. Engineers build, design, and maintain machines and all the structures around us. They are master builders! Point to their favorite structure in your neighborhood and explain how an engineer was probably part of that building process.
Find out what interests them and explore the topic: Almost all topics have an element of engineering to it so try to bring the role of an engineer into the conversation. “did an engineer help to resolve this problem” “what is the part of engineering in this activity or structure?”
Explain the different types of engineers: Engineering skills are not only used to build structures but they are an important part of several industries such as manufacturing, food, aerospace, painting and gaming to name a few. In fact, almost every job or daily activity has an aspect of engineering to it.
Breakdown the design process: Do they have a favorite toy or love playing in the playground? Explain how the toy was constructed; help them understand how a merry-go-round works or how to balance a birdhouse.
There are so many ways in which you can introduce engineering concepts in your child. The Banyan Tree Kidz team develops the best engineering kits in our monthly subscriptions that make learning engaging and fun. You will also find tons of resources on our blog section.