Anthropological research indicates that dolls began to be used as toys around 100 AD. The earliest dolls were handmade from stone, wood, ivory clay and leather—whichever materials were available locally—and were commercially manufactured in Germany as early as the 15th century. For generations, dolls were a staple in children’s toy boxes everywhere.
Eventually, parents and experts began to recognize that dolls like Barbie were not instilling positive values such as image, worth, confidence and intelligence. Behavioral studies began to show how important a child’s early growth stages were to overall development and these opportunities were often lost. The popularity of toys such as LEGOs, Etch A Sketch and Tinker Toys began to explode, as they were fun but also generated interest in the fundamentals of design, technology and construction. Children and parents, alike, were satisfied.
The 1980s and 1990s ushered in the Age of Personal Computers and children’s toys were forever changed. Ataris gave way to Nintendos, Game Boys and PlayStations and robotic toys. While we still find limited “traditional” toys on shelves, a majority of space is now reserved for goods with an educational slant.
With today’s integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in all aspects of education, interest in robotic toys is at all-time highs. The US Department of Commerce reports that STEM-related occupations are growing at nearly 20% annually, compared to just 9.8% for all others. Research also shows that STEM degree-holders earn significantly higher incomes than non-STEM counterparts.
Because STEM will continue to open even more doors in the future, educators and experts are challenging parents to expose children as early as three years of age. Even at this young age, specially-developed toys and games are important for the development of skill sets such as creativity, logic and problem-solving.
KinderLab Robotics has created a diverse product line that includes fun, challenging and customizable robotic kits that kids and parents love. KinderLab Robotics is dedicated to bringing new and exciting learning opportunities to children of all ages, keeping them engaged and focused while preparing them for a STEM-oriented future.
Realizing the role it can play in increasing children’s technical and cognitive abilities, KinderLab Robotics offers an array of educational products like KIBO robot kits, student curriculum packets and individualized programming blocks and modules. It provides individual and classroom kits as well as ongoing training and support for teachers and parents.
About KinderLab Robotics:
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