What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. But there's more to say about Early Literacy! Read on to learn about how you can do S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities with toddlers and preschoolers.
S.T.E.A.M. related activities have become quite popular for even the youngest learners; introducing them to science, technology, engineering, art and math. Engaging your preschooler or toddler in S.T.E.A.M. activities is a lot easier than you might think. Here are a few ideas to get you and your little one playing with S.T.E.A.M. at home.
Science – At bath time collect a small bucket of household items and ask your child to predict if each item will sink or float. After your child has a made her prediction have her drop the item into the tub to test her hypothesis. This activity can be done at the kitchen sink or in a bowl of water at the table as well.
Technology – Download a free stop motion app on to your phone or tablet. Have your child move a car, doll or other item, in small incremental movements, across the floor or counter. Take a picture each time your child moves the object. Voila – you’ve made a stop action movie with your biggest fan!
Engineering – This is one you are probably already doing every day without even thinking about it. Simply let your child build with blocks, books, pillows or anything he can stack, lean or knock over. Challenge him to build the tallest tower he can with only blue Duplo blocks or the strongest bridge using all the blocks.
Art – Choose open-ended projects that focus on the process of creating rather than trying to obtain the perfect end result. Allow your child to use lots of different mediums to create. For example, try painting an entire picture with only the tires of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. Try it and see what your little Picasso comes up with. Remember, let your child make the creative choices.
Math – Give your child a pair of tongs and a large bowl of multicolored pompoms. Ask her to pull out different combos of colors and amounts. For example, “Can I have 3 purple pompoms, please?” On top of the color recognition and counting practice, manipulating the tongs is great for fine motor skills.
For more S.T.E.A.M. related activities to try with your youngster, be sure to attend one of our STEAM Jr. sessions offered at all four Chandler Public Libraries