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
Station 1: Windchimes
This activity encourages children to play with sounds by making their own windchimes.
- paper cups
- hole puncher
- string or thin yarn
- binder rings, bells, shower rings, and other things that will ring and ding with wind.
- PREP the paper cups by punching 4-5 holes around the edge of each cup and one on the top center.
- Let the preschoolers use the yarn, beads, and ringdings to make their chimes.
- Mine looked like this:
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.
- toilet paper rolls
- tissue paper
- cellophane (or saran wrap)
- small stickers (butterflies and birds are perfect!
- hole puncher
- cover the toilet paper rolls with tissue paper
- punch a hole in each roll
- 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.
- They will connect the rolls with another rubberband and tie yarn to the hole punches so they can wear the binoculars around their necks.
- Now time for pretend play!
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!