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Germ research

Posted on January 16th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists House projects

preschool children and educator placing Plasticine on body outline

What better place to run a child-led project on germs than a service attached to a hospital? Involving the parents working at the hospital gave the children great insights into their day and their work at the hospital. Find out how the children conducted a germ study by wiping slices of bread on door knobs and pets.

The Man Who Loved Boxes

Posted on January 8th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Man on hill building with boxes

This lovely story offers a great opportunity to explore relationships, family, love and being different alongside an abundance of STEM topics, such as shapes and sizes, engineering, design and sustainability. We don’t usually think of engineering as an expression of love, do we? What if everything in the world was built to make others happy? Can you love…

Heads and Tails

Posted on December 18th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Book cover: Heads and Tails by John Canty

Play a little guessing game as you’re shown just the tails of a number of insects alongside descriptions of their attributes, behaviours, habitats and movements. How many insects can the children recognise…

The crocodile who didn’t like water

Posted on December 11th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

crocodile in inflatable ring

This lovely story about finding the balance of trying to fit in while accepting your differences is a great starting point for discussing animal and human behaviours. Do cats and dogs like being in the water? Which animals like being in water? Which animals climb trees? Do you like being in the water? Do you sometimes feel different from…

Describing observations:
What’s brown and sticky?

Posted on December 9th, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

Grey clouds in blue sky

Describing things is a good way to increase vocabulary and improve observational skills. Sometimes it’s hard to get those conversations going though. Ask a five-year-old what she sees and the reaction may be disbelief. Are you having me on? Is this a trick question? You do have eyes, don’t you? Or even…

Conversation with Associate Professor
Amy MacDonald, ECEC STEM researcher

Posted on December 9th, 2019 in the category(s) Little Scientists in the media

Child with sparklers

Little Scientists Australia delivers a national STEM professional development program for early childhood educators and teachers working with children aged 3-6 years and has done great work as a previous grant recipient. Using Toyota funding, Little Scientists Australia will deliver workshops on STEM for educators working with young children in Wyndham and in a regional area…

Shh! We have a plan

Posted on December 4th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

4 characters standing in line from tallest to smallest

This story is a great starting point for exploring the concept of sizes and numbers. Encourage the children to build a queue with the tallest at the front and the littlest at the end all facing one direction. Let the children count their position, starting from front to back.


Posted on November 27th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Mushrooms made out of shapes

This exploration of Little Round and Big Square’s friendship opens up a wonderful world of creativity and geometry. As much as the two friends love transforming into different shapes, at some point Little Round admits, “I’m too little, I can’t do that”, prompting the friends to start creating even more interesting shapes together. A great example of how co-construction…

Hedgehogs and Autumn leaves:
Australian seasons

Posted on November 25th, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

Snowman made from sand on beach

Collecting Autumn leaves to create a hedgehog picture? Creating snowman craft around Christmas time? Many places in Australia don’t have seasons that fit neatly into European concepts of Winter. Collecting Autumn leaves is a little difficult if you don’t have many imported feral trees in your area. and Spring flowers may have been flowering all ‘Winter’…

Something Wonderful

Posted on November 20th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Boy in field with bike and chicken

The story is a great starting point for exploring loose parts play. Invite the children to move, carry, combine, redesign, line up, take apart and put back together different loose parts. Loose parts play supports invention, divergent thinking, problem solving and offers a sense of wonder to children.

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