Preschool STEAM

STEAM with Shapes and Colors: Kaleidoscopes and String Art

For my very first ever Preschool STEAM event, we made kaleidoscopes and string art– great activities for learning about shapes and colors. Unfortunately, I didn’t document a lot from this program, so I will mostly be sharing links to others’ directions!


When just starting out this program, I read a book at the beginning. For this one, we read The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt

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Station 1: Kaleidoscopes

Supplies needed:

  • toilet paper rolls
  • white cardstock
  • markers, stickers, sticky gems, etc. for decorating
  • bendy straws
  • mylar sheets (or reflective silver wrapping paper)

I found the instructions for this via Buggy and Buddy. It worked very well!

Station 2: String Art

Supplies needed:

  • chipboard (or posterboard, or cardstock)
  • yarn in various colors
  • tape

This is easy. Just cut her chipboard into large circles with evenly spaced slits. Have the preschoolers make shapes by stringing the yarn through the slits, around and around the circles. I also made “challenge cards” for this ones that included “challenges” to make different shapes.

Station 3: Baby Blocks!

Gotta have something for the littlest ones!

How Did it Go?

For my first ever preschool STEAM program, this one went well!


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