When I pick up Cooper from preschool, his teachers regale me with the things he built that morning. In fact, they talk about his houses and ramps and castles and decks (DECKS?) so much that I went to parent-teacher conferences armed with only one question: Does Cooper do anything at school besides build stuff?
Yes, actually. He talks to his friends about building stuff, collaborates reluctantly with other builders and also plays math games. His teachers say we have a little engineer on our hands. Which, what? I have a PhD in the humanities for goodness sake. Ben had to watch a YouTube video to change a vacuum belt. (But he did it!) We hired a handy man to install a light fixture. I could go on and on and on.
Luckily, Coop has a LEGO-obsessed older brother who is more than happy to spend an entire rainy Sunday assembling a LEGO city, and my parents bought him a million magna tiles for Chrismukkah a couple years back. And Ben is a fabulous LEGO builder himself-- when Harry was Cooper's age they did the Hogwarts castle set and then creepily put it in a Tupperware so no one could touch it ever. But how cool would it be if there was someplace he could do build in a more structured way? Someplace like Snapology.com, a place that combines kids' natural love of building with STEM/STEAM principles. They have classes, camps, parents' nights out, and even birthday parties. I wish we had a Snapology franchise in our little corner of Wisconsin. Maybe someone who is reading this post will decide to open one? Snapology uses LEGO bricks as well as K'Nex and is appropriate for kids ages 1-14. Sounds like a kiddo dream come true.
I know building-obsessed Cooper would love it!
I am partnering with Nakturnal today to offer a LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator for a commenter below. To win, all you have to do is comment. Note that the recommended age for the LEGO set is 6 and up.
To win this cool LEGO set for you own little builder, all you have to do is comment to enter the drawing. Tell me how you support your kid's love of building/ incorporate STEM into your own parenting repertoire.