Do you have a ton of newspapers and in need of some newspaper STEM challenges? Read below for three easy newspaper STEM challenges you can do right away! As a STEM educator, I tend to hoard a lot of materials. Craft sticks, cardboard, paper towel tubes…almost anything can become part of a challenge! My husband recently started ordering […]
Do You Need Simple STEM Activities? Read on. I am a huge fan of using inexpensive materials to explore STEM concepts. Paper plate STEM might not sound appealing at first, but it is seriously amazing. Not only can you easily fit several hundred in your tote bag, you don’t need a lot of additional materials […]
It has been such funny weather here in Wisconsin! It has rained for two days so indoor recess is always fun and then yesterday it snowed. So, lucky me, I have some leeway as to what I can teach our kindergartners. Do you ever need an idea right before a holiday, when it is just […]
Clouds Spark Imagination The sky is blue. The clouds are puffy and white, floating along without a care in the world. The human brain will start trying to recognize patterns in the clouds, whether it is a fire-breathing dragon or a sea turtle. What an amazing machine we are lucky to possess! Design and Create […]
“Welcome back to school! Guess what? This year I want you to add STEM to your classroom!” says your principal during that first faculty meeting. And, you like so many others, are already overwhelmed at the beginning of the year with a classroom full of excited new students, an overload of things to prepare and […]
If you are looking for some simple but fun Valentine STEM activities to try in your classroom or with your kids at home, I’ve got some great ideas for you. But first, let me share my opinion on conversation hearts. Thanks Grumpy Cat. I really do not like them. My kids disagree, but I think […]
When you pass out base ten blocks or linking cubes to Kindergartners for the very first time, what do you expect that they might do? Chances are, it is inevitable that they will immediately begin building towers, structures, and patterns without being prompted. In fact, it is a “common ground rule” that early childhood teachers must ALWAYS give […]
LEGOs are one of my favorite STEM toys of all time (except if I happen to step on one, then cover your ears to avoid whatever may come out of my mouth). is Hopefully you have a bin of mixed LEGOs handy. If not, try to get them secondhand and wash them in soapy water […]
Last week in STEM class, we built towers with index cards. When I first showed the kids that we would be using just index cards and tape, I held up a floppy index card and a can of beans and asked them if they thought index cards were strong enough to hold the can. Most […]
Preschoolers and kinders make great scientists because they ask a TON of questions. STEM activities are a great way to feed on their natural curiosity. If you are looking for a simple STEM activity for even your youngest scientist, try this! First, you need die cut letters. I found these at Dollar Tree. You can […]
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