Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Klutz Maker Lab. All opinions and experiences are our own.
Getting my girls interested in STEM activities isn’t usually a challenge. Many of their toys are STEM-focused, and their school is always incorporating science and technology in their lessons. The one thing I have noticed, however, is their inability to focus on a project long enough to see the final outcome. Living in a world where everything is at our fingertips, it’s hard to enforce the skill necessary to finish something. It’s easy to say we spoiled our children, but the truth is technology has us all a little spoiled.
Klutz Maker Lab encourages kids to unplug from technology and learn to make things using their hands. The Klutz Maker Lab: Air Blast Cannon is something I knew the girls would enjoy, mainly because what kid doesn’t like projectiles flying through the house? My oldest girl took the lead in putting the cannon together, but as soon as both girls were faced with difficulties they became quickly discouraged. We worked together and went through the book step by step, and as each part of the cannon came together their excitement returned. They loved watching pieces from the kit turn into a purpose of the cannon, and once it was all set up they eagerly chose a target and had their cannon face that direction.
Although the set is for kids, I was amazed at how air was used to move the cannon blaster. It was a fun experience putting the cannon together with the girls and seeing the end result. This holiday season, you can find information to all the Klutz Maker Lab products on their site. Purchase your set from Scholastic today to ensure holiday delivery! You can check out the canon in action on our Instagram Page!