Observing deciduous trees over a long period of time gave the children great opportunities for sensory exploration, reflection on life and death, appreciating the effect of the weather on the environment and realising the importance of record keeping.
It is not necessary for you to have any understanding of chemical reactions for this activity. The beauty of this activity is that you can discover what substances are acidic or alkali within your house alongside the children. The colour changes, reactions and fizzes are a very exciting part of this exploration.
Use this book as a starting point for your next compost project in your service. If you don’t have the possibility to make a compost in your service let the children draw their own compost stew. What ingredients can and can’t they put into a compost? Why? What do they think happens…
At Little Scientists we take STEM in the everyday very seriously. Seriously fun. These activities are straight from our Professional development workshops Mathematics: shape and space. Which is all about spotting the Mathematics in everyday life. This is a wonderful activity for both very young and older preschoolers. It is designed to add everyday mathematical language into playtime.
There is a lot of STEM in cooking. In this activity, we are focussing on the chemistry of cooking by analysing the raising agents and how they work. It links very well to the red cabbage chemistry activity but can also be a stand-alone activity.
Michelle says… STEM is a vehicle to support children’s innate curiosity about the world. Children love to explore their environment, want to find out how things function, how man-made objects or machines work and how new things can be constructed, created and built. STEM exploration teaches children so much about our society and explains the order, patterns and relationships of our world.
A chance to experiment with smells, textures and, although not in this activity unless heavily supervised, tastes is part of our experiences of the world. Using our senses is important to developing our sense of the world. This activity is a wonderful way to use STEM to develop observational skills.
Make your own rainbow chalk using household ingredients and in the process help children learn about measurement, viscosity, fluids and colour mixing. Do you know what a non-newtonian fluid is? You will after this Little Scientists at Home activity.
A marble run is a great activity for children to hone in on their engineering skills whilst having a lot of fun! Although not essential, a large cork board can be helpful to begin the project and attach the track to. You could also begin with a large box or you could attach the run directly to a wall using blue tack. A glass door or mirror door is a good option also as you can use tape without damage.