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Posted on November 27th, 2019 in STEM literacy links

Wednesday | Author: Anne Bertier | Age: 4+ years

Mushrooms made out of shapes

This exploration of Little Round and Big Square’s friendship opens up a wonderful world of creativity and geometry. As much as the two friends love transforming into different shapes, at some point Little Round admits, “I’m too little, I can’t do that”, prompting the friends to start creating even more interesting shapes together. A great example for how co-construction enables even the littlest member of a group to participate in meaningful creative processes, there is so much joy in experiencing the friends’ imaginative play, the abstraction, and the versatility of shapes.

The children could cut up shapes and create new things from the pieces. What can they create together? What shapes do they like working with best? Where in everyday life can they observe shapes transform into something new? When can they team up to create bigger and better things together?

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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