Calling all fearless outdoor enthusiasts with a love for detective work! Next time you are going on an adventure hike with the children look out for animal droppings and other clues animals leave behind, such as skins, shells, footprints and eggs. These one-of-a-kind sources tell much about habitats, behaviour and food preferences. What can poo tell us about the food sources of an animal? Does animal poo impact our environment? Who lays eggs like these? Which bird lost this feather and what does it tell us about the bird’s habitat? Most children are fascinated by dangerous animals and parents and educators will appreciate the sections about dangerous animals to track, such as snakes.
Exploring the trails and traces of wildlife could lead to further investigations of the human body. Why do our finger- and toenails grow? Do they have any function? Does our hair protect us from the cold? Do the children know that our noses and ears never stop growing?
With our book recommendations, we want to spark an interest in children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Most books go beyond the obvious STEM connections and can be a great starting point for exploring children’s questions and ideas further.
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Article author: Tina Gaertner
Graphic Design & Marketing Support
Tina combines her love of graphic design with a master’s degree in adult education. She loves using her creativity and digital expertise to contribute to changing young children’s lives.