Want to get your daughter into STEM but not sure where to start? Technology toys are a clear choice to get them started, but make sure you know what you’re getting into!
5. Play Driven by Verbal Skills
Start early on and keep an eye out for toys that incorporate both technology and verbal. Story-based toys promote increased attention and challenge them! According to the CEO of GoldieBlox, girls’ learning and play are typically driven by verbal skills.
4 Gender Marketed Toys
It’s up to the PARENTS! Most technology toys on the market are targeted to boys, but that doesn’t mean parents can’t buy them for girls. It may be up to the parents to bridge the gender divide. Girls don’t necessarily care about the color of their toys so introduce a diverse assortment and let them decide.
3. Screen Time Across Devices
We always hear about parents and how they can’t seem to get their boys away from the video game console and the screen. This is true for girls also. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that total screen time is limited to one to two hours per day and it is not recommended for children under age 2. Smartphones and tablets count as screen time, not just the television. Children’s cognitive functioning can be impaired if their primary source of exploration is from a screen.
2. Early Intervention
Introducing girls to technology at an early age allows them to develop an interest before they are influenced by societal norms. Encourage girls to get involved in STEM education at an early age! Studies have revealed that waiting until even middle school could be too late. Before they are exposed to the gender divide that currently exists, they are more open to developing an interest in fields where women are under-represented.
Electronic toys are great, but make sure that they aren’t the only toys your daughter is playing with. Northern Arizona University released a study revealing a lack of language development in children that only use electronic toys. What aided in a balanced education were traditional toys like wooden puzzles and blocks, shape sorters, and books. An unbalanced education can impair children’s development and limit future academic success. So make sure that you include a little old fashioned with your new!