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3 Simple STEM Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

June 9, 2021

You may have heard the acronym STEM before – it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM activities encourage children to learn concepts related to these areas by using their curiosity and creativity. In Renuka’s Tuesday morning Family Time, children explored math concepts by using non-traditional ways of measuring. STEM activities are easy to try out at home! Here are 3 simple STEM activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers to get you started.

STEM activities for kids shown with measuring books with blocks, child counting steps, and child pushing car down a ramp.

Guess Your Height

Tall, taller, tallest.

Introducing these math concepts about size is easy! Start by finding something that you have a lot of around the home. Take turns laying down on the floor and lining the items up beside each person. Start with bigger items like Papi’s shoes to practice the technique; they will be easier to count. As you get more experience try using smaller and smaller things like socks or crayons. Who is the tallest or the longest in your family?

Counting Steps

Predict, estimate, compare.

Start at your front door and have each person guess how many steps they will take to reach the elevator. This will vary person to person depending upon the size of their steps, how long their legs are and the route they take. While in the elevator help your child figure out why Mama had fewer steps and they had more. You can also try this concept when you eat – how many bites will it take to eat the banana? Will the big spoon or the little spoon fill the bowl of daal sooner?

Fun with Ramps

Speed, velocity, angles, weight, resistance.

Make a ramp out of cardboard or cushions so your children can learn about these concepts. Children can run their cars down a ramp and when the cars reach the bottom, put a sticky note where each one lands. Then using a non-standard measurement tool such as, markers, blocks, pom- poms, or a shoestring, determine which car went the furthest. Did the car that went the fastest also go the furthest? Which ramp worked best? Which car went further and why?

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