Help Your Child Learn About STEM – While Being Entertained!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines. All opinions are 100% mine.
Keira and I have been having a lot of fun lately watching Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines. It is an all-new show on Nick Jr., and I am even getting into it as we watch. It takes place in Axle City, and we get to follow Blaze the monster truck and his friends on their adventures. Usually they are trying to prevail over Crusher, a big truck who doesn’t play by the rules, and therefore always loses. The value in the show, though, is not just in the entertainment. Blaze and the Monster Machines is the first show for pre-schoolers that teaches them important areas of STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And the best part is that they don’t even realize that they are learning.
Each episode that we have watched has started out with a challenge that Blaze and his friends must overcome. In one episode, Blaze is trapped in a cave and needs to get out and get the starting line of a race he is supposed to run in. In another, Blaze desperately wants to play in the Truckball Tournament, but he cannot participate until he has a team of four Monster Trucks. In both episodes, Blaze and his friends are presented with problems that must be solved, step-by-step, to reach their final resolution.
This is my favorite part of the show. Blaze talks to his viewers and asks them which steps they should take first – they are learning problem solving skills, along with patience. When one approach doesn’t work, they try another and another until they solve the problem. Worked into the problems are all of the STEM areas. For instance, in one episode they need to figure out how to move a large rock, so they explain the science behind the lever, and then they create one and use it to move the rock. In each episode, Blaze and his team triumph by using STEM, and by doing the right thing. They can do anything if they work together.
Even though the show is for pre-schoolers, it has been great for Keira. She is eight and has autism, but it keeps her occupied because it moves quickly, and all of the concepts are explained visually so that she can understand them.
As your children fall in love with Blaze and his friend, you can bring them home with you! You can buy the trucks (die cast or plush!), books, backpacks, even a Blaze and the Monster Machines Monster Dome Playset. You can find these online or a Toys ‘R’ Us store near you. Keira’s favorite is the plush Blaze truck. You can bring home your child’s Blaze and the Monster Machines’ favorite friends to collect and play with. You can even help your child to reinforce concepts learned on the show by creating scenarios of your own, using ramps, levers, and gravity. The ideas are endless.
If you haven’t watched Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines with your preschooler yet, you should check it out to see what you have been missing. You can also check out your app store for a Blaze and the Monster Machines app. In it, your child races different vehicles and learns about STEM concepts through road and vehicle conditions. There are plenty of different levels and your child can race on an existing track or build her own. Keira has been playing it non-stop since we downloaded, and she loves all the games. I love that she is learning without realizing it! So check out Blaze and the Monster Trucks. Instead of mindless drivel, your children can watch, learn and play about STEM, friendships, patience and honesty.