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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.

Wednesday

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.

How to clean a hippopotamus

Posted on November 12th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Hippo next to: fox and badger, bird and lizzard, zebra and bird, and ant

Why does a giraffe let an oxpecker climb into its ear?” “Why does a crab wave an anemone like a pom-pom?” – Find the answers to these and other intriguing questions in this compilation of symbiotic relationships between animals big and small, on land, in the water or air, and all over the world.

Magnetism: What will you attract?

Posted on November 11th, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

magnet with nuts , bolts and washers stuck to it

You know we love talking about magnets. But it’s quite the polarising topic…
If you are attracted by magnets, we encourage you to dive right in and explore what they can do with the children while introducing some new STEM vocabulary…

Mirror

Posted on November 6th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Houses overlooking big city

This book allows the children to experience a day in the lives of two boys and their families simultaneously, one in Australia and the other in Morocco. The wordless story introduces children to different cultures with different lifestyles, landscapes, clothing and habits and shows beautifully that, despite all these differences, families are…

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