STEM literacy links
Enjoy the rich colours and wonderful shapes in Bronwyn Bancroft’s magnificent celebration of country with the children. Which are their favourite pictures? What colours and shapes do they like? Which plants grow in this landscape and which animals live there? Which of the landscapes from the book can you see when you go outside?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A picture book about Zog, the ambitious dragon and a princess who chooses a medical career over doing nothing whilst wearing frilly dresses.
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?
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.
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?
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?