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Play with your food

Posted on January 21st, 2021 in the category(s) STEM gems

Potatoes and peeler

After the overindulgence that often accompanies the holiday season, many adults take a break from alcohol or chocolate and focus on healthy eating. This could also be a great time to reflect on the role of food in inquiry-based STEM education. There are many ways preparing and eating food can become joyful learning experiences for the children in your care…

Why do heavy boats float?

Posted on January 14th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM gems

Large freighter (boat) on ocean

In the heat of the summer, why not tap into the educational aspect of refreshing water play? What starts out as a bit of a splash-about to keep cool can easily turn into investigations that develop concepts such as density and buoyancy in children’s minds.

Snails, shells and slowness

Posted on January 7th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM gems

Snails lined up on a rock

Snails are so commonplace… so can they still inspire wonder? Did you know, that the metabolism of snails is evolving to be slower. Also snails with shells that coil right will only mate with other snails with right coiling shells. Discover and explore the fascinating world of snails…

Science experiments in early childhood – Why?

Posted on December 16th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM gems

3 kids looking at baking soda volcano

Often it’s only in those moments of reflection that we ask ourselves, “Why?”, but as advocates of inquiry-based learning, we should be asking ourselves, “Why?”, constantly.

Mud pies and microorganisms

Posted on December 9th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM gems

Child playing in mud

My love of gardening comes from the memories connected with it: planting seeds with my dad, climbing the apple tree and, of course, making mud pies in the patch of ground next to the cubby house. In an early childhood environment where things have become increasingly sanitised, regulated and designed, how do we, as educators, help our children make those connections?…

The phases of the Moon

Posted on November 29th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Moon as perceived in the southern hemisphere

If you have a clear sky tonight, have a look up at the beautiful full moon. Do you know how Sun, Earth and Moon are positioned during a full moon? What will happen to the Moon in the next few days? What do you know about the phases of the Moon? Are they different in the northern…

No good crying over spilt milk

Posted on November 16th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Overflowing mug of milk

This is a lovely design and technology experience. Children can look at the table setting and decide what objects are ‘fit for purpose’: What is it about the jug that makes it easy to pour…

Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes

Posted on September 29th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Children's legs and feet

From scraped knees to hair brushing, body parts and their names play a big role in children’s everyday lives. But, our memories of how we discovered them and when we learned their names are often a little hazy. See how many of these songs you know!

Satellites: Help from space

Posted on September 23rd, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Satellite in space

Satellites not only serve very practical purposes but also satisfy our curiosity about the universe. We wouldn’t know as much about space without astronomical satellites like the Hubble Space Telescope and the other research satellites out there.

Can you blow bubbles on the Moon?

Posted on September 17th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

preschool aged boy blowing bubbles

Bubbles are fascinating: The spherical shape, the sheen and the rainbow colours, the way they float and move with the air currents… They are a source of wonder; but how do they form? What makes them pop? What holds them together? AND can you blow bubbles on the Moon?