Learning with Cars

Playing with cars may seem like just fun and games, but there are important lessons to learn.  Most children learn best while doing things with their hands.

Playing with toy cars and trucks can help with cognitive and physical development:

*  Children learn to move things

*They see how quickly or slowly cars and trucks roll

*Learn how cars and trucks move differently depending on how much pressure is applied (learn more about their own strength)

Dr. Bryant, who founded the leading play industry innovation and development consultancy PlayScience and currently serves as CEO, has seen that happen in her own life. Last Christmas, she got her youngest son a toy that essentially amounts to a PVC pipe with a window running down one side. (She’s a play scientist — hear her out.) He quickly became obsessed with rolling every toy vehicle he could find down it, watching them zoom past through the window, and adjusting things like the height of the tube or the force of his push to make the toys go faster. “Because of course, that’s always the objective. You’re a kid. You want it to go faster.” (See? Science.) Sure enough, his twin older brothers got in on the action, too. Cognitively, they were making calculations, even if none of them fully understood the physics behind what they were doing — they just wanted to make the thing work better.

“The toy car allows true hands-on learning. You’re not just watching a show and learning about trajectory or buoyancy, but now you’re literally experiencing it,” Bryant says. “It’s the tactile, visual, sensory learning of doing. And we know that, for STEM skills, the best way to learn is through doing.”

(taken from “How Playing with Toy Trucks Drives Child Development and STEM Learning” -Fatherly.com