There’s no doubt that the inventing process is fun and exciting. But, for many kids, the process can also seem uncertain and difficult. And that’s where you – parent extraordinaire – come in.
Become an invention advisor to your budding engineer or future scientist! And, you don’t need experience or prior electronics knowledge to get your child inventing. It’s a fantastic way to bond with your child, create memories, learn together, and support him or her in STEM.
But, how can you get started on the pathway to becoming awesome and supportive invention advisor? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Check out these 6 tips below.
1. Designate a workshop or makerspace area. This doesn’t mean you need to drop mega bucks on a state-of-the-art inventing lab that rivals Batman’s cave. But, there should be a special or designated area somewhere in your abode for creativity and invention. Whether it’s a corner in your kid’s room or a special room in your house, make sure your child has a physical space to invent and test out ideas.
2. Promote flexibility. Inventing is meant to be fun! If your child has a go-with-the-flow POV and lets curiosity drive his or her engineering journey, the outcome will be way more positive. Every invention process has big wins and big setbacks – and that’s all a-okay.
3. Remind your child to explore. Organization, following directions, and planning are key elements in the inventing process. However, it’s also majorly essential to give your child (and yourself!) wiggle room to be imaginative. We’re not saying to break the rules, but don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path!
4. Be available…but in a way you might not expect. Kids love to explore and check-in with their peers. Your child might not want as much direction from you on his or her inventions, but might want to check-in to show off their work, vent, or just have a support system as needed.
5. Don’t be a manger. Keeping in line with tip #4, be an invention advisor with an open door policy. You’re not here to micromanage every element of the building journey. After all, your future engineer is developing new strengths in self-reliance and autonomy. How cool is that?
6. Congratulate and celebrate. When all’s said and done, you are the biggest champion of your child’s life. Recognize his or her achievements as a future coder, scientist, engineer, or inventor. After all, finishing a new invention is a cause for celebration! Take time to talk to and lift up this element in your child’s life and it will make a major difference.