STEM activities are activities that work on science, technology, engineering and math. They are very prevalent right now because these are where our careers are headed. This is where most of the jobs will be in the next 10 or 20 years.
In my Facebook group, I chatted with Candace, a past Gifted and Talented teacher and current math teacher in Texas, and learned a little bit more about STEM. She told us that it very popular right now in schools because research is showing that these are where the jobs will be in the next 10-20 years for this generation.
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I asked her to pick out a toy for each age group and an activity that can be done at home for that age group. She had a hard time just picking one! She has 2 kids of her own and was able to demonstrate some of the STEM activities for preschoolers in the video. To check the video out and listen, scroll down the page. (Fast forward to 5:15 to avoid the awkwardness of us trying to get set up!)
Note: All of these toys require adult supervision!
STEM activities for preschoolers
- 0-1: Munchkin Falls Bath Toy: This is a cute little toy for the bath. You stick the cups on the wall and use the 4th cup to pour water through. You can experiment different trails for the water and this is a great toy for an older sibling to assist.
- 1-2: Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks: These wooden blocks are magnetic and kids can explore with them in so many ways! They can build towers, figure out cause and effect, build shapes, etc. There also is a carrying bag that you can purchase.
- 2-3: Stomp Rockets: These stomp rockets are super fun and also incorporate large motor into your play. Kids can experiment with cause and effect, turn taking, etc. You can also buy a dueling set and see who can make their rocket shoot further!
- 3-4: Squigz: These are little silicone tubes with suction cups at the ends. Kids can stick them together and to flat surfaces. They come in all different shapes and sizes and you can build so much with them!
- 4-5: Fisher-Price Think and Learn Code-a-pilar Toy: This is a caterpillar that has removable parts. You can link together its body to code it to make certain movements. This is just one toy on the market that teaches kids coding at a young age.
If you pick any of these up, show us a photo on Instagram and tag me in it – @mostlyundercontrol. I’d love to see them in action!