"So what are STEM Toys?Are they play sweetened toys or are they play enriched educational devices?"
Let me say clearly that I believe in STEM toys and think they are a nice addition to the toy spectrum. I must, however, ask this question: Can a STEM Toy really be considered a toy?
A toy, in its very essence, is not designed to produce anything tangible except to provide joy, confidence and fantasy. It is not designed to be productive so much as to entertain. In fact, if you think about it, a game is not really a toy because a game has rules and there is a winner. A toy does not have rules and it is not designed to produce winners and losers.
When I think of a STEM Toy I think of Flintstone and Gummy vitamins. They taste like candy, they smell like candy and they look like candy. So are they candy sweetened vitamins or are they vitamin enriched candy. I think they are in the former class as they are not sold in the candy department. They are sold with the vitamins.
So what are STEM Toys? Are they play sweetened toys or are they play enriched educational devices? They are typically merchandised in the toy department but do they belong with the school supplies…or both?
So what do you think STEM Toys are and where do you think they belong? Please share your point of view.