Today, my little one, Pratham, came to me with an unusual request; he had chanced upon a stirring challenge from one of his favourite kids’ shows. With a glowing face, dilated pupils, and frequent blinking eyes, he asked, ‘Mommm, should I attempt a Dominoes chain challenge?’.
I said, “Wait a minute, why ‘SHOULD’ baby? Please go ahead if you are feeling excited to try one. Never ignore your creative instincts!”
The next few paragraphs are for parents and caregivers who connect to the experiential and instinctual way of parenting. If you want to delve right into the dominoes challenge, you can skip the following three paragraphs, but we would love it if you stay!
I would want to say it out loud to each of you reading this, don’t let the ‘should’ questions define your experience and display of your creative expressions and aptitudes! Unfortunately, we are so conditioned to limit ourselves with the ‘should(s)’ that we hinder our accomplishment of ‘would’.
If today just casually I would have replied to his eager ‘should’ question with a ‘yes or no’, he would have had his first limiting acknowledgement coming from me, and eventually, he might have ingrained several ‘Should’ experiences that might limit his potential, which as a parent, I would not want him to experience. Asking for permission is one thing, but seeking validation for multi-dimensional experiences and risking not following our ideas and wants because of limits set in the mind or society is not something we got to pass on to our younger ones.
There was a realization in this for me too! As I choose to give my child a conscious parenting experience, why would I be casual in my responses and remarks, and why not deliberately co-create positively! The way I would not limit my dreams and desires, why would I fetter his dreams, aspirations, and desires that way.
Now, going back to my experience of the day…
When I asked him what the dominoes challenge is, he looked around here and there, a bit puzzled for a couple of minutes and then brought his Legos to explain what the challenge looks like.
To explain to you further, Pratham doesn’t have a dominoes deck at home as of now, and to illustrate the challenge as a demo to me, he avidly found a creative way out and utilized his Lego bricks, the rectangular ones (2X4 variants), to make a dominoes’ contraption/chain. Voila, the Dominoes chain was right in front of me!
I, as an ardent reader, did not stop there. I further tried digging up on the subject by reading on the Internet about the Dominoes Challenge. So, here I am to sort you up about ‘Domino Chain Reaction: an important STEM Challenge for Kids’ and its significance in creating an exponential learning curve for kids, which in turn teaches essential life skills.
Now, what Are Dominoes challenge and the theory behind it?
Have you ever heard of the phrase “fall over like a row of dominoes”? It traces back to the Cold War years, and the first person to propose ‘The Domino theory’ was President Harry S Truman. He introduced it to justify sending military aid to countries that asked for it. However, the analogy was made popular by President Dwight Eisenhower.
The domino theory or the domino chain reaction refers to a series of equally placed (rectangular tiles) dominoes toppling over when the first one is knocked. What happens is, when the first domino in the chain or series is pushed, it topples over the second, then the third up until the last one going over very quickly with a profound influence. One by one, all of them fall over due to kinetic energy.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) aims to improve education by teaching children basic life-changing skills like problem-solving, time management, coping with failures, thriving skills, and many more. The Dominoes STEM challenge refers to Lego towers (each Lego 2×4) placed the same way dominoes are. The legos are supposed to increase in size as they go on, so the demonstration of transferring kinetic energy can be seen clearly.
You get readily available dominoes decks- wooden, plastic, glass, or marble; colourful or black & white ones- in the market.
Benefits of Dominoes chain STEM challenge:
Dominoes challenge helps in:
- fine motor development in children,
- helps exercise concentration muscles well,
- display best creative expression,
- understand the spatial dimensions needed to make curves and spirals.
As mentioned above, the Dominoes STEM challenge teaches values that can be used later in life, so it would be better if the above STEM challenge is encouraged from a young age.
Here’s a list of 9 life lessons that the Dominoes Chain STEM challenge is helpful in. Picture this- if the child is working on a Dominoes challenge with siblings or parents or friends. What are the lessons they’ll pick up on?
Patience is always a desired virtue in any career field.
Building and placing dominoes (or legos) is a repetitive process that involves a lot of time and patience of a person making one. Sometimes, it takes several attempts to build the anticipated domino chains. However, the art of putting each of them in the desired position perfects patience skills.
Making domino chains is a process that might take a very long time, depending on the final output size, factoring in the number of failed attempts that may happen.
Dedicating so much time and energy can be exhausting, but the spirit of commitment goes a long way in the world.
The dominoes (or legos) demand being placed perfectly behind each other. One small mistake can mess everything up. Thus, concentration is an indispensable skill to have when it comes to making a Domino Chain Reaction.
It is essential to be focused on whatever you are doing, even later in life. Short attention spans are unhealthy and can be unattractive in future relationships, work, or otherwise.
This particular challenge teaches the most fundamental values of communicating with your peers if she/he is playing in a group. Without verbal communication, the whole model can go haywire and result in no achievements at all.
Communicating with your peers is one of the essential skills to have in the real world. Lack of this skill can lead to disruption in personal and work relationships.
5) Planning and Organising Skills
The whole base of this challenge lies in planning and development. If the model is planned wrong, the whole experiment can fail. Hence, planning and organizing everything is the basis of the Domino STEM Challenge.
Organizing is one of the extra talents looked for in the corporate world. This talent can also help in your daily life planning, and make you more focused on your goals.
Different children working on different model sections means that they have to trust each other in the making process.
Trust is the basis of all relationships in your personal life. Without trust, you wouldn’t be close to anyone, and it might also lead to various mental illnesses.
A lot of crashes and collisions take place in challenges like these. If the child is playing with siblings, parents, or friends, she/he gets to understand that being angry at the one who made the unintentional mistake or crash is not good. Mistakes can happen with anyone, and that forgiveness is necessary for such situations.
Everyone makes mistakes, but everyone doesn’t forgive. Forgiving is considered one of the most important virtue. Having it is the most helpful attitude of living a compassionate life for oneself and others.
8) Anticipation and Excitement
The excitement and fun of the building process teach kids to enjoy the process while anticipating the best results in the end.
Similarly, enjoying the process is the most crucial part of a big project or goal in the real world. Work without enjoyment makes the project lifeless and results in an unstatisfying output.
Making models and design ideas sparks creativity and lead to creative thinking in toddlers, pre-schoolers, or high school kids. They imagine and produce designs in their head first when an idea strikes.
Creativity is a life-changing skill that can increase passion and love for certain things while expanding imagination and encouraging thinking. Moreover, it is an everlasting skill that makes you happy.
Here are a few variants** that the kids of Preschool to High school can enjoy with the right amount of challenge mixed with age appropriateness:
**- sourced from the Internet
The Domino Chain STEM Challenge definitely got to be taken up by the children of the modern age. So utilize the Lego bricks (2X4 variant) or buy the readily available decks to make your child develop into a well-rounded being!
I trust that I have explained to you everything about the Dominoes Chain STEM challenge in today’s post and if you have any questions about it, drop me a message in the comment section below, and I’d be more than happy to assist you with it.
Thank you for reading, and happy parenting!