STEM Sticks for Brain Breaks
Do you have a STEM station in your classroom or homeschool? If you aren’t sure how to facilitate STEM / STEAM learning, fear not! It may sound intimidating but it is truly intuitive to kids especially at the primary level where their little minds are bursting with imagination and creativity. By setting up a ready-to-go STEM station, you will be providing an open invitation for STEM exploration.
What are STEM sticks? Think of Brain Breaks activity sticks but with a STEM spin on them. Though it’s best to do STEM challenges in small groups and get everyone involved, these are fun for filling gaps in the day: use as an independent activity your early finishers or at a Science station, or as a way to transition back to the classroom after lunch or a field trip.
For the Youngest Students
For your youngest inventors, all you will need is an inventor’s box. You could make image-based STEM sticks, but chances are they will just start building at the station. Here are some ideas you can search through for ideas about what to put in yours:
I change out materials based on what I have. Here is our current STEM station (index cards, string, aluminum foil, craft stick, straws, clothes pins, glue, rubber bands, paper clips, cardboard tubes, pipe cleaners):
Something I also LOVE for a station like this is a cheap dollar store chip and dip tray (coffee filters, pompoms, plastic egg cartons cut into thirds, washers & lollipop sticks, beads, building block components, string, fabric):
If you are doing STEM challenges with your little ones at home or are a Kindergarten teacher, please head over to TpT to download this free recording sheet:
For the Classroom
I printed out 5 inch x 1/2″ strips with STEM ideas and glued them onto one side of a large craft stick, with a STEM sticks label on the reverse.
I don’t have a STEM station!
That’s okay! You can also use these as a STEM challenge of the day (or month). Have your students pick three from the jar and let them choose from the three. Send them home with a recording sheet and let them use materials they have at home (this is a good time for them to dig through their recycling bins!).
Are you ready to try STEM sticks? I have made a free sample of 8 STEM sticks just for you (you can write in your own on the blank strips)!
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