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Who sank the boat?

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

Who sank the boat - Pamela Allen

This book is an excellent choice if you would like to explore water displacement with the children. This could lead into projects on investigating the best ways to get into a boat or even building model boats and trying out how much weight these can carry and how it can be distributed.

Commotion in the Ocean

Posted on January 3rd, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Pink octopus in ocean

Dive into the colourful and exciting world of blubber, tusks, jaws and fins with this vibrant book. Can the children walk like crabs? How do other animals move? Learn how dolphins speak and think about how other animals communicate. From the anatomy and habitat of different creatures to food chains and colours, there is a lot to explore with your children.

Wombat Stew

Posted on December 27th, 2018 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Wombat Stew picture book cover

Use this book to encourage the children to make their own wombat stew. Which ingredients dissolve and which don’t? Which ones float and which ones sink? Once the wombat stew has been cooked, the children can investigate how the Dingo could go about cleaning the water again.


Posted on December 20th, 2018 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Swimmy - picture book cover

Reading this story about one brave fish and his friends may inspire conversations about optical illusions, camouflage, food chains and how animals stay safe from predators. The story also has a message appropriate for little scientists: It is much more fun to explore the world as a group than on your own.


Posted on December 10th, 2018 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

A picture book about Zog, the ambitious dragon and a princess who chooses a medical career over doing nothing whilst wearing frilly dresses.

The Nowhere Box

Posted on December 3rd, 2018 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

The Nowhere Box

George dreams up a landscape completely made from cardboard. Could you build these things in real life? Which toys do the children have that are made from cardboard? What are other toys made of? What are the benefits of making toys from old boxes?

Perfect square

Posted on November 27th, 2018 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Picture book - Perfect square by Michael Hall

This picture book will have your kids thinking about shapes in a whole new way. Get creative by exploring what can happen when you take a square apart whilst exploring other shapes in the process.

Swirl by Swirl

Posted on November 20th, 2018 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Snail spiral book cover - Swirl by Swirl

This book is a fantastic starting point for discussing the beauty and usefulness of spirals in nature and can lead to a huge variety of questions such as: Where else can we find spirals? How are spirals different from circles? Which other shapes are useful in nature?

Waddle Wiggle Gargle

Posted on November 12th, 2018 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Book cover - Waddle Giggle Gargle

Pamela Allen tells us the story of three creative engineers who terrify the magpie with their invention. How else can children use their engineering skills to address real needs in their environment?

Little Scientists encouraged at encounter

Posted on November 7th, 2018 in the category(s) Little Scientists in the media

Children and early-childcare teacher

Encounter Lutheran College’s Early Learning Centre coordinator Celeste Torok, is proud that the centre has become a Little Scientists House. Children attending Little Scientists Houses participate in innovative STEM activities, and are encouraged to have fun and explore different topics with their educators.

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