- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) toys
With an obvious connection between STEM and skilled trades, this is the top suggestion for toys for kids. With Baby Boomers retiring, the number of skilled trade workers compared to other jobs will soon change drastically (adeccousa.com). This is where the STEM toys could help slow that trend.
Some examples of STEM toys are that of blueprint puzzles, buildable RC cars and other vehicles, and mechanical puzzles that involve gears and drives. These toys stimulate the creativity of the child while pushing them to solve a problem of something not working.
2. Building sets
Learning the simple skill of how to build a design with their hands is important for children, especially if they consider going into the skilled trades. Being able to look at blueprints and then build based from that is what skilled tradespeople do on a daily basis and gifting building sets can give children early exposure into doing this.
3. Pretend play sets
Geared towards the younger kids, pretend play sets such as a toy workbench or home and garden set will spark an interest in children to want to create, build, and grow. Helping them with encouraging them to have an imagination will also be vital in their development as a child. Industries such as construction, horticultural, and manufacturing all directly relate to the use of these sets as it gives the child a toy version of tools they could use on all of these jobs.
4. Bikes, battery-operated ride ons
Everyone remembers their first bike or their first batter-operated ride on vehicle. Being able to spark an interest in a child with transportation-focused toys can create a curiosity in how they work and possibly eventually getting them interested in real vehicles and transportation jobs, such as a mechanic or equipment operator.