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Child-led inquiry and spotting STEM in the everyday isn’t always easy in our busy everyday lives so we have created these resources for inspiration. We want to give you support and guidance in a virtual co-constructed learning environment.

If you are enjoying these ideas, our hands-on online workshops provide even more stimuli for your STEM learning with the children.

Kangaroo in the bush

Wildlife conservation in the backyard

There is plenty you can do in your centre’s backyard to enhance children’s love and willingness to care for local wildlife. Get your children involved as you cultivate a wildlife-friendly garden.

Vegetable platter with different coloured capsicums

Critically thinking about capsicums

In this age of free-flowing information and fake news, there lies an opportunity to cultivate critical thinking skills. Skills that are far more important for today’s education and children’s futures than just knowing the facts.

Bananas next to different types of fruit

Going bananas

While unpacking the groceries together, my five-year-old queried how long it would take for the bananas to be ripe enough to eat, providing a perfect entry point to developing a science experiment.

Full moon

The phases of the Moon

The terms waning, waxing, gibbous, full moon and new moon are terms we use to describe the Moon. We also might use the word phase. All of these can be explained with a little imagination and some playful experimenting.

Cup of milk that has spilt

No good crying over spilt 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? They learn about table settings, whether the knife goes on the right or left. What if you are left-handed?

Children's legs and feet

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

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!

preschool aged boy blowing bubbles

Can you blow bubbles on the Moon?

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?

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