We are doing one more big art project in our Preschool STEM series!
If you visit here much (or even just our last Preschool STEM post!) you've heard me mention how much my youngest daughter loves to do art projects, and I love to let her--partly because art is a magical experience for her, and partly because there are so much educational value to art!
This particular project has 5
I have an adorable 3 year old who thinks that glue and paint are some of the best things in the world, so our next project in the Preschool STEM series is a mixed media art project!
One of the truly glorious things about this project is that there are never two identical products...each is its own beautiful masterpiece!
Sidenote: there might be a certain cartoon that my preschooler
Our next preschool STEM project in this spring's Preschool STEM series is making ramps with boxes!
Between the things we order online and some gifts the kids have received recently, it seemed like boxes were starting to pile up!
Our preschoolers love boxes.
Sometimes they color on them with markers.
Sometimes they glue random papers and fabric scraps to them.
Sometimes their older
One of the most beautiful things about preschool STEM is watching your kid's imaginations merge with their science and engineering skills! This Castle Project is the perfect opportunity for that!
Begin by looking at pictures of castles and talking about what the perfect castle would have in it. Have any of your kids seen a castle in real life? What was it like? Conversations like these
My preschoolers LOVE boats, so it totally makes sense to kick off our Preschool STEM series with a boat project!
To make this project more meaningful, chat with your preschoolers about their boat experiences before you get started. Have they seen boats before? Have the ridden on one? Do they own one? Is there a boat or ferry nearby that you could visit or ride as an extension?
What is STEM? How is Preschool STEM unique? How should you "teach" preschool STEM?
Have you ever wondered these questions? I am beginning a series full of preschool STEM projects today, but before I get started I think it is super important to address these questions--partly because they are intrinsically important and partly because I have been asked them so many times by parents that
"I'm making Rainbow Reactions!" my 3-year old happily cried out! And the title for this preschool chemistry / preschool STEM exploration was born.
The truth is that there has been a point in each of my kid's lives where this was their favorite experiment. This was how each if them learned to use a pipette, as a preschooler. This was the first chemical reaction they each experimented with.
I am very excited to be bringing you 10 days of STEM projects that you can do with your preschoolers in June!
Each day I will share tips, pictures, and fun ideas that will keep your preschoolers engaged and help them develop STEM skills that will provide a foundation for learning for the rest of their lives!
Here is the schedule:
Day 1: What is STEM? What does STEM look
Today I am sharing a super awesome (and easy to set up) preschool science center that I created after taking the CCEI440: Sensational Science online course from ChildCare Education Institute. I loved watching my preschoolers create their own science experiments and talk about what they were learning as they explored sizes, relationships, and textures.
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI)
My 6-year old has been wanting to study plants, so we've been doing a lot of plant theme preschool activities lately too! This fern life cycle project can be adapted for older and younger kids and you can go into as much detail as you want!
First of all, I would start this project (and as many as you can during your preschool plant theme) by going on a nature walk and looking for ferns