How to turn DIY into an Engineering Activity Box

We love engineering and building subscription boxes for kids. But there is also a very easy and accessible way to teach kids engineering principles. DIY!

I once read in a blog that you should never fix or build anything at home without involving your kids (safety permitting of course). Instead of shooing them out of the way, involving kids in DIY can be a fantastic way to teach engineering principles and get kids using tools.

So last weekend, my husband and son set out to build a shoe bench. What did my son learn about the engineering process?

Start with a problem:

Way too many shoes scattered in our entryway

Identify any design requirements:

The solution had to fit into a small space. It also had to hold at least 12 pairs of shoes. 

Design the solution:

Shoe bench (Someone else thankfully designed this, so we could skip the prototype and testing phase.)

Implement the solution:

Thanks to a handy dandy guide and tools, my husband and son put together the solution.

Conduct a design review:

The legs should have been made adjustable to account for uneven flooring in our kitchen.

Using these steps to go through any DIY project will help develop a framework for approaching challenges. Now our little engineer is ready for bigger and better DIY!


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Our family loved receiving our first Plum Spark learning adventure! The kids (ages 4-8) were super excited to gather around the box that came in the mail for them and open together. My oldest took the lead to pull out and examine each activity one at a time. The topic explored in this month’s box is Yoga, and the activities included were super fun for them! The boys gravitated towards a spice matching activity game, and I, as a mom, was pleasantly surprised with the sophisticated and high quality guide book and spice cards that had facts and information not only relevant and interesting to the small people in my life, but also me as an adult! Who knew cumin oil was used in some perfumes??!! We also loved the yoga cards and poses to try as a family and had a fun experience practicing together. My daughter adored the hands-on inner ear activity, and I appreciated having all of the important parts of the craft perfectly curated for me so less hassle and more family time. Excellent educational product! Couldn’t be happier with our family’s purchase and will definitely be a subscriber!

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My daughter really enjoyed this kit, she can’t stop doing her yoga poses now! The activities are fun and are stimulating a lot of curiosity in my little one. The activities are well explained and there is a lot of attention in every little detail. It is also a great opportunity to try new things that you wouldn’t have imagined that your kid could be interested in! We really loved doing it together!