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Something Wonderful

Posted on November 20th, 2019 in STEM literacy links

Something Wonderful | Author: Raewyn Caisley | Age: 4+ years

Boy in field with bike and chicken

Growing up on an Australian farm, Sam is fascinated by natural and mechanical phenomena and – to his parent’s frustration – often distracted from his daily chores. But then Sam builds an egg-collecting machine and his parents realise that explorations and observations are just as important.

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.

With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.

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