COVID-19: Curse or blessing for STEM toys?
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the entire world, forcing governments to impose lockdowns in their countries to control the spread of the disease. In most of the countries in Western Europe, schools were closed, forcing more than 57 million children between 3-12 years of age to substitute classroom learning with online classes. Some parents opted to home-school their children. However, home-schooling presented parents with unique challenges, especially if they must work from home at the same time and if they have no teaching experience.
To make home-schooling easier and more productive for children, some parents opted to purchase STEM toys. STEM toys are not only physically appealing to children, they also introduce them to science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in a more intuitive way – these fields are some of the most in-demand professions in Western Europe according to the OECD Better Life Index.