I am a huge advocate for STEM education in my children’s lives. Research has shown that building a foundation for these skills early helps children to be successful in school and in life. I remember attending my first science camp in middle school and falling madly in love with research. This spurred me on to pursue a degree in chemistry. I naturally want my kids to also find science as interesting and exciting as I do. I try to nurture early STEM concepts and skills through daily routines and play. I leave the music and art nurturing to their father. He is more adept in the fine arts than I am.
“STEM” stands for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM
can refer to the subjects individually or one or more working together,
but can also mean a way of doing things that includes solving problems,
asking questions, and exploring the world around us.
We have lots of STEM themed toys for our babies like GIANTmicrobes and Periodic Table Blocks, but our favorites are the Baby University books. Author and physicist Chris Ferrie, knows that every baby has the potential to be a genius. That’s why he created Baby University: a board book series that introduces young readers to complex ideas like physics and math using simple explanations and colorful illustrations. My almost two year old absolutely loves these books. I frequently find her sitting quietly flipping through pages with the others piled up beside her.
All books in the series approach topics with a tongue-in-cheek humor that adults will love sharing with their little geniuses. In Rocket Science for Babies readers learn about the basics of aerospace engineering. General Relativity for Babies introduces Einstein’s most famous theory and teaches babies all about black holes, gravitational waves, and more. Bea’s favorite two books are Quantum Physics for Babies and Newtonian Physics for Babies, which give simple introductions to the principles that give quantum physics and Newton’s laws of motion their names. “Ball” was one of my daughter’s first words because of these books. Nothing is cuter than a baby trying to say “ball have energy” and “ball no energy.”
My daughter likes these books because they are colorful, fun, and easy to read by herself. I like these books because the information inside is simple and accurate so not to overwhelm my child. I highly recommend these books for the baby geniuses in your life.
What STEM toys or activities do you use with your kids?