Do you wonder why preschool STEM activities are important? Do you think preschoolers should just play . . . that STEM activities may lessen the joys of childhood?
What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM is the future. These are all areas of education that our kids need to be secure with to excel in the future. STEM makes creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors. Exposing kids to simple STEM ideas at an early age builds a foundation for higher learning in the coming years..
What STEM Develops
- Observation of life: Take kids out and about, looking and observing. Encourage them to ask questions.
- Problem solving: Learn to find a solution. Children need encouragement to be the ones who stand up and say let me try.
- Critical thinking: Critical thinking is important. Encouraging kids to think outside the box and to work without instructions. Critical thinking leads children to try new ideas and take risks.
- Risk taking: Risk taking is not jumping off a building, it is willing to stand up for an idea, make it happen, and if it fails, to try again.
- Persistence through failure: Taking healthy risks to solve problems and find solutions needs does not go without failure. Failure is a crucial skill everyone needs to learn how to handle. When children are willing to overcome failure, they can ultimately find success.
- Learning that some problems have more than on solution: There can be more than one answer or solution. When dealing with failure, it helps children to keep an open mind to new suggestions or thoughts.
- Communication: Thinking outside the box and working through failure has a lot to do with communicating with others. What is working? What doesn’t work? If we change this will this happen?
- Learning a process: Not only will math, science, and communication skills be used, so will the whole process of completing a project from start to finish.
- Applying developed skills: All those great math and science skills will come in handy and will be needed as your kids work through problems and find solutions. real world STEM lessons will include parts of science and math reinforcing already learned skills in a very useful way!
- Encouraging Passion: What drives an inventor, an explorer, a scientist, an engineer? Passion. If children are passionate about something, they will work diligently. Passion drives humans to do better and greater things.
T’s Learning Center loves taking part in simple STEM activities. We encourage parents to explore a variety of activities that can be done at home – the kids always enjoy them so much and you will enjoy observing their reactions, too!
What preschoolers really need!
- They need recess for hours where they can wander around exploring nature and making observations.
- Preschoolers need countless hours to build block cities, humongous towers, and crazy sculptures.
- They need free access to blank paper and a variety of cool art tools to explore colors and textures.
- Preschoolers need ample time to play around with loose parts, create cool patterns.
- They need the opportunity to mix potions and get messy.
- Can you see the hints of science, engineering, math, and art in all those things!
That’s exactly what T’s believes preschool STEM activities should be all about! At T's Learning Center we
- Let them explore.
- Let them discover.
- Let them observe.
- Let them experiment.
And most importantly let them develop a curiosity that will make them unstoppable at solving problems throughout their lives.
Here is a look at simple preschool STEM activities:
- Set up a mixing potions table with kitchen pantry ingredients.
- Play with shadows
- Grow seeds in a jar and watch the whole process up close!
- Set up an outdoor nature observation center
- Build structures and towers.
- Design a marble run out of cardboard tubes.
- Test out magnetism!
- Explore what sinks and floats.
- Melt ice!
- Explore gravity
- Learn about the 5 senses
At T’s Learning Centers, the top-rated childcare facility in Jacksonville, and surrounding areas, preschool STEM activities keep little ones busy and teach them the basics of STEM they will need to succeed later in life. Your preschoolers might just be the next best engineer, astronaut, or scientist!