Spring STEAMing : Wind Chimes and Binoculars

Technology

This is another one of my early preschool STEAM programs that I unfortunately didn’t document well. We did Springtime STEAM and started with one of my absolute favorite spring storytime books.

Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca Hirsch

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Station 1: Windchimes

This activity encourages children to play with sounds by making their own windchimes.

Supplies needed:

  • paper cups
  • hole puncher
  • string or thin yarn
  • beads
  • binder rings, bells, shower rings, and other things that will ring and ding with wind.
  1. PREP the paper cups by punching 4-5 holes around the edge of each cup and one on the top center.
  2. Let the preschoolers use the yarn, beads, and ringdings to make their chimes.
  3. Mine looked like this:

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Station 2: Binoculars

This activity is adapted from one on See Vanessa Craft. It is more of a craft than a STEAM activity, but if you have a real pair of binoculars at the station for the children to examine, it can amp their pretend play up and encourage STEAM learning.

Supplies needed:

  • toilet paper rolls
  • rubberbands
  • tissue paper
  • cellophane (or saran wrap)
  • small stickers (butterflies and birds are perfect!
  • yarn
  • hole puncher
  1. PREP:
    • cover the toilet paper rolls with tissue paper
    • punch a hole in each roll
  2. The preschoolers will put a sticker on a piece of cellophane and cover the ends of two rolls with the cellophane using rubberbands. The sticker should face inward.
  3. They will connect the rolls with another rubberband  and tie yarn to the hole punches so they can wear the binoculars around their necks.
  4. Now time for pretend play!

Conclusion

It was a lot of fun to watch all the kids come out of the program with their little binoculars around their necks! They loved playing with them. The wind chimes, however, were a little too difficult. The parents enjoyed that one!

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