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How to build a bridge

Posted on February 19th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists House projects

Children building a bridge from blocks and pouring water underneath

As the children were immersed in playing with wooden cylinders, exploring balance and building tall towers, the educator took their interest in construction with wooden blocks as a starting point to research bridges together with the aim of constructing a bridge as a group.

Water bottle wind spirals

Posted on February 14th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Grassy hill with colourful decorations

I loved the simplicity and the sound the spirals made in the wind. View detailed instructions on how to make wind spirals from recycled bottles.

STEM Leader – February 2020

Posted on January 16th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Avatar or lady with brown hair and eyes, smiling

Our first featured STEM leader, Rajaa Halabi shares why early-years STEM education is important to her, how she integrates STEM learning in her service and the role she plays as an educator in STEM learning.

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.

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