From The Educator’s Spin on It: Build an Inventor’s Box: A STEM Activity Station for Kids
Encourage your children to tinker and invent with this open ended inventor’s box. It is an easy way to bring more STEM activities into your every day play.
Why I Build an Inventor’s Box
Sanity. Yes, that is really the primary reason. Oh, and it does encourage my kids to think creatively to build new things.
My 4 year old son is a tinkerer. He likes to build things and take them apart. Thanks to a week long Science and Invention Summer Camp: Camp Invention, my 8 year old daughter has caught the tinkering and inventing bug too. Between the two of them, they spend many afternoons designing and creating their own inventions.
1. I NEVER have any tape available for wrapping presents in the house. It seems like it is always being used for “inventions.”
2. There are little inventions EVERYWHERE in our house. In fact, my daughter just brought up the fact that there are so many that we should set out a shelf to showcase the inventions. (We’ll see about that idea).
3. I NEEDED to create an inventor’s box or I would lose my sanity with them “upcycling” anything and everything they could find into an invention. This inventor’s box has not only encouraged them to design and build, but it also stores items for building with AND solves the problem of mom’s missing tape.
The rule is, if it is in the box you can take it apart, put it together, and invent with it. If it is NOT in the box, you must get permission to disassemble it.
SO WHAT DO YOU PUT IN AN INVENTORS’ BOX?
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