Preparing Your Children for the Future… We’re Talking STEM Skills.
STEM based careers are projected to grow by more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. How do you plan to prepare your children for their future lives in potential STEM careers? SimplyFun Playologist Mary Kettering shares her experience with how SimplyFun games can give kids the STEM head start they need.
- How long have you been a Playologist with SimplyFun?
I have been working with SimplyFun as an independent consultant since March 2015.
- What made you decide to become a Playologist?
I saw “click here for a FUN business opportunity with SimplyFun,” on the MOPS website. I wasn’t looking for a business opportunity, but I was curious what SimplyFun was. When I received the catalog, I dog-eared almost every page and decided to have a party. I got connected with a SimplyFun consultant and decided to go for it.
- What makes being a Playologist so gratifying for you?
I love meeting new people and sharing SimplyFun with others. It is such a joy getting to see someone’s eyes light up when they try one of our games and think of how much fun they’ll have playing with their family while also helping their children learn.
- Why do you think SimplyFun games are so effective at helping kids develop educational skills?
SimplyFun has done a great job working with fantastic game designers to make sure the games they release fit academic standards and help kids grow emotionally and socially. Our games have the academic skills weaved into entertaining games that do not take much time out of a busy day and gives kids a no-pressure environment to play and practice what they are learning.
- STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills are becoming increasingly essential for kids to learn in our modern, technology-driven society. How do you feel you are contributing to helping kids develop their STEM skills?
Wrapped up in STEM are things like fine motor skills, strategy, decision making, spatial reasoning, planning, and teamwork. These are all things that are practiced while playing SimplyFun games. As long as I keep doing what I’m doing as a SimplyFun Playologist, I know that I am helping kids prepare for a future where these skills will be vital.
- Are there specific games that you recommend for developing STEM skills?
Dreaming Dragon for fine motor skills, decision making and mapping, Pelican Cove for mathematical practice, Kilter for physics and predicting, Katachi for matching, spatial reasoning and planning, AND one of our newest games, Don’t Mix It! for spatial reasoning and planning (as well as an introduction to recycling). I could probably list at least 20 more off the top of my head, but I’ll stop there because there are MANY.
- What are your family’s favorite games and why?
We go through phases at our house, but our current favorites are Pickles Slide to Win, Bee Alert, and Dreaming Dragon. They are all super fun and my kids are in love with the adorable pieces. Plus, these games are an early introduction to STEM skills because of eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
- Approximately how many children and/or families have you helped since becoming a Playologist?
In my time of being a Playologist with SimplyFun in the past 1.5 years, I already feel like I have helped countless families with our incredible products. I have done game nights at schools, earned games for my church, earned games for a camp for foster kids. I do in-home parties a few times a month and Facebook parties online, so it’s something big, but almost impossible to track numerically. I have repeat hosts, repeat customers, and repeat gift receivers and I love adding to those numbers all the time as I continue to meet new people every month.
Interested in helping kids prepare for their future? Click here to learn more about becoming a SimplyFun Playologist.
SimplyFun Playologist Mary Kettering lives in Ashland, Ohio with her husband, Brian, daughter, Cici and son, Asher. Family favorite hobbies include playing games (of course), reading books, playing outside and dancing. Mary is also an accomplished musician and she is the Principal Second Violinist with the Ashland Symphony and the Fiddler Player/Singer with the Northwest Territory Bluegrass Band.