For a recent preschool STEAM program we focused on the "M"- math. In preschool, "math" really means number awareness, counting, and patterning skills. We aren't quite ready for functions. Each of the following stations was designed to encourage children to develop these simple math skills through play Station #1: Ball Sorting Supplies Plastic ball pit… Continue reading Number Crunching Preschool Math Activities
We all know the screen time scares. Research is starting to show some negative impacts of all the screen time our little ones are getting in this tech-filled world. While these impacts are reals and worrisome, technology can also be good and necessary. We limit screen time when children are little, but as they grow… Continue reading Learning Technology Without the Screens: Preschool Tech STEAM
My latest preschool STEAM program was library forts! Every child loves to build forts and what better place to build forts that a room full of furniture and books. It just so happens that building forts is great for spacial awareness and critical thinking skills. Library forts was one of the most low maintenance programs… Continue reading Engineering with Library Forts!
For my latest preschool STEAM program at the library, we experimented with motion and physics by building boats! Boat Building Station For the building table, I set out a variety of supplies from the craft closet, but there are some that staple items that you may want to have for this activity: tupperware (you can… Continue reading STEAM Boats
I've done a lot of preschool STEAM programs at the library in the past. Not all of them are well documented, so, instead of trying to recall the details of programs long forgotten, I'm giving you this post, where I list program ideas and describe them in 30 second paragraphs (or less!). AND GO! 1.… Continue reading 7 Preschool STEAM Program Ideas (in 30 Seconds or Less!)
When we think of sculpture, we immediately think of mediums like clay. For preschool, this often translates to playdough. In my preschool STEAM programs that focus on art, I make it a goal to introduce the children to mediums they may be unfamiliar with. For this program, we made sculptures, but instead of play dough… Continue reading Preschool Art Mediums: Toy Sculptures
For a recent preschool STEAM program, I focused on activities that build the computational thinking skills that form the foundations of future technological and digital literacy. This is a technology program that requires... absolutely NO "real" technology!! Station #1 : Code Cooties Game Supplies Needed Painter's Tape "Cooties" (printed large on paper works fine) Instructions… Continue reading StechEAM: Building Computational Thinking Skills in Preschool