Spin Master's Future of Play website features nine kid-friendly DIY activities that explore the art and science behind toy-making. (CNW Group/Spin Master)

Spin Master launches STEAM initiative to inspire children and families to learn through play

Spin Master Corp, the global children’s entertainment company, is launching a STEAM-inspired initiative to give children and families hands-on learning activities that replicate the art and science of toy-making.

Available at Future-of-Play.SpinMaster.com, the DIY activities take a look behind the curtain, showing kids how their favourite toys are made, with simple, playful, hands-on STEAM experiences designed to inspire a future generation of play.

Just in time for the holiday season, families can visit Future-of-Play.SpinMaster.com and choose from nine different DIY STEAM activities in two categories: manufacturing and science, all inspired by popular Spin Master toys.

Developed by Spin Master toy engineers and a team of interns, each activity provides step-by-step instructions utilising household items to explain the key manufacturing or scientific properties of each toy.

“At Spin Master, we are passionate about helping children grow and learn through play,” says Tammy Smitham, Spin Master’s VP Communications and Corporate Citizenship. “Our Future of Play website was created to give kids playful ways to experience the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics behind the toys they love, and perhaps inspire the next generation of toy inventors, designers and engineers.”

Mesmerized by the magic of Kinetic Sand, kids might want to try to make their own non-Newtonian fluid at home. Curious about how an Aerobie Sonic Fin football flies through the air with ease? Families can build their own parachute to better understand air resistance.

Activities include:

  • Manufacturing
    • Soft Good Manufacturing – GUND Plush
    • Injection Molding – Action Figures
    • Pad Printing – Hatchimals CollEGGtibles
    • Packaging – All Toys
    • Gears – Cool Maker GO GLAM Nail Salon
  • Science
    • Non-Newtonian Fluid – Kinetic Sand
    • Density – SwimWays Torpedo Bandits
    • Air Resistance – Aerobie Sonic Fin Football
    • Stability – Meccano

“As part of the toy development team, we pour so much love into developing and designing magical play experiences for kids every day,” says Vanessa Raponi, Product Development Engineer, Spin Master. “These activities, designed by our own engineers and interns, translate what might seem like complex principles into simple and fun DIY learning at home.”

Future-of-Play.SpinMaster.com is free to access and is intended for children ages five and above.



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About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

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