Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
Christmas STEM with Picasso Tiles
Picasso Tiles are magnetic shaped blocks that are quite possibly the most versatile STEM learning tool for children. Whether you simply let children play with the tiles all by themselves or add elements to enhance the experience there are many benefits to a child's development through block play.
To set this invitation you will need Picasso Tiles: The Picasso Tiles we used are PicassoTiles® 100 Piece Set Magnet Building Tiles.PicassoTiles® Piece Set Magnet Tiles. Now to enhance the process providing different sized bells, led tea lights, and multi colored lights brings a magical Christmas element to the process. Simply invite the children to build and decorate whatever they want to create with bells and lights.
First you can build with the bells. The fascination with the bells sticking to the tiles continuously engages the child while letting them experiment and explore strategically with the magnetic elements.
Next you can decorate with LED tea lights and/or multicolored lights. Since children are naturally drawn to light this enhances their visual sensory experience.
Block play with any building materials has a natural progression. Children have to learn how to move and manipulate various shaped objects, big and small, as well as have the fine motor control to “click” them into place. Building helps children enhance their visual-spatial skills. Encourages thinking and reasoning, these skills are what make children become well-rounded, independent and successful adults. Involves focus and patience, children need to work slowly and carefully to be successful at creating their designs. Using their imagination boosts cognitive, academic, language and social growth. When building, children need to decide what will or won’t work. Through building, children learn to experiment and make new discoveries about how things work. Builds confidence, once that masterpiece is finished, children are so proud of their accomplishments. It increases their belief in themselves.