|I have a 6yo son, who's really interested in engineering (details see below). I'd like to help him develop his interests and skills. Which resources - toys, projects, activities, websites, books etc. would you recommend?|
His favorite toy is a German construction set "Fischertechnik" which he play's like a pro, inventing own designs and models. He's very good at handicraft. Is interested in computers (but we almost don't let him play computer games). Likes 3dprinting very much (I've built a Mendel Max a while ago). I can go on, but from all what I see, he's really technically interested.
"How to raise a hacker" is probably a bit too provocative. I have no intention to raise a technologcal wunderkind or force my kid into something he does not want. I'd just really love to help my son develop in the areas he's already interested in - or maybe open a few of the branches he might also find potentially interesting. For instance, programming or electronics. And that we have fun together doing that (you can call me "technically interested" too).
But I have a feeling I'm just not aware of the good options. How would I teach him coding? Introduce to electronics? Robotics?
What I'm looking is basically some general advice. I believe there are a lot of parents here who share their passion for technology with their kids. What would you recommend? What was inspiring for your kids? What was your "best toy ever"? Please share, I'd be very grateful for that.
In case it's relevant, we live in Frankfurt, Germany. Me and my wife, we both work in IT (I'm a dev/architect, she's a test manager).