Encourage your Daughter to Do Mechanical Things

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Stem and Car Kits

We were in Hobby Lobby looking around, and I saw Pine Wood Derby type of kits. I thought about purchasing it for a birthday gift, and I showed it to my son, thinking he may want to purchase one for himself.  He instead purchased a Rubber Powered Airplane kit.  A little later, to my surprise, my daughter asked me if she could purchase the car kit for herself.  This reminded me that it is good to expose both our sons and daughters to mechanical and assembly type of projects.

Incorporating Reading Into A Stem Activity

Particularly when the child can read, assembling something is a great exercise of following written instructions. My daughter was very excited to begin her project.  She asked me for a hammer, and she went upstairs to her room soon after to start working on assembling her car.  I think projects like this are a great way for your child to feel a sense of accomplishment.  She encountered difficulties, but she worked through them.  Later she called for me to come upstairs to see her car.  She sanded the car and even painted it. (The paint came with the kit.)  She proudly showed it to her dad when he came home from work.  She also commented that she had a new toy.  When working with a kit, there may be times when a piece is missing or doesn’t fit properly.  Situations such as these give the child opportunities to work through a problem and to try to creatively solve the problem.  This can also teach the child that there is more than one way to solve many problems, which is very common when it comes to solving mathematical type problems.  Challenges aren’t to be feared but to be worked through.

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Building Confidence in Your Daughter

Successfully completing a project such as assembling a car helps to build confidence in the child as she is able to see the project through from start to finish.  It teaches the child good work ethic as it teaches her even if there is a challenging problem she should not give up but keep pressing through until she works past the problem.

Playing with other toys such as legos are also other STEM toys that are great to let little girls experiment with and can help to build her confidence.   Annaliese really enjoys playing with legos.  This past year at our homeschool co-op she was in a lego class, and she thoroughly enjoyed herself.  She liked that she got to build things that were capable of moving.  She also enjoyed the “Free build” time in lego class where she was asked to build things such as her favorite animal.  Playing with toys such as legos presents a mental challenge and encourages problem solving, which is good for any child, boy or girl.

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Working on kits and mechanical projects teaches your child that good things come to those who wait and persevere.  Our children (and dare I say us parents) need to learn that most times great things don’t happen instantly.  Instead most great rewards are the result of a lot of effort, struggle, and hard work. If something is worth getting, its worth working for.  You can let your daughter first experiment with simple kits and then work up to more complex kits.   So I encourage you to nurture mechanical thinking in all of your little ones.  You never know which one of them will want to be an engineer, architect, scientist, or mathematician!

Encourage Your Daughter to Work on Mechanical Things

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