What are Science Toys?
These are unique toys that illustrate scientific concepts in an engaging and playful way. They come in all shapes and sizes, and demonstrate a wide array of natural phenomena: gravity, motion, forces, electricity, magnetism and more!
One well-known science toy is the Newton’s cradle. As a common desktop ornament found in many offices, it manages to capture the laws of conservation of momentum in an elegant yet simple way. With just several metal balls, one can see the complex concepts of energy and forces set in motion before them.
The benefits of Science Toys
Improves critical thinking and self-directed discovery
Science toys nurture an investigative and analytical mindset among children and youths. It prompts them to think like a scientist. In the process of meddling with the toy, a child starts to ask questions, forms simple theories about how it works, and discovers more about the world around them. It improves critical thinking, and feeds their natural curiosity and inquisitiveness.
Supplements learning, both in and out of class
These toys are especially useful for educators to teach abstract concepts in a clear and engaging manner. Students can better visualise the scientific principles at work and understand complex processes through hands-on experimentation. Teachers will find that these toys add lots of fun to their classes and help introduce students to topics beyond the academic curriculum. Additionally, students can pursue their own learning at their own pace with the aid of such tools.
Nurtures interest in the sciences and arts from a young age
Science toys can raise interest in the “hard” sciences, make it less intimidating, and spur more children and youths to pursue such disciplines at higher levels of education. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) skills remain extremely important in this day and age, so getting children excited about the wonders of science from a young age will prove fruitful in the long run.