Everything You Wanted to Know About STEM Classes

Children naturally are inclined to STEM activities as they are naturally curious….especially toddlers!  Have you seen a toddler conduct their own science experiment?

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Let them play. Let them be curious.

At Little Professors we provide materials, experiences, and opportunities for children to explore, discover and be curious about the world around them.

Science Activities for Toddlers

At the toddler age, you want to start cultivating a love for science by encouraging children to be curious and ask questions. Sensory activities are important to include because toddlers use their senses to try and understand the world around them (like our example of a toddler eating a crumb off the floor).

During our classes we invite children to use their 5 senses to describe what they see and observe. 

  • How does it feel?
  • What does it look like?
  • What does it smell like?
  • What do you hear?
  • How does it taste?

Technology for Toddlers

Technology in the reference to STEM actually refers to the use of “tools” not just electronics.

As adults, we may picture computers, tablets and the latest gadget when we hear the word “technology” but in reference to STEM when we mention “technology” we are talking about tools.

Technology Activities for Toddlers

  • What happens when you use a pipette or eye dropper to drip paint on different objects?
  • Can you use tools in different ways? Which kitchen tools blow the best bubbles?
  • What objects fly the furthest in front of a fan?
  • What do you see with rocks and a hand lens?

Engineering Activities for Toddlers

Toddlers want to explore how and why things work they way they do.

Engineering is a way for toddlers to design, create and build things that work. It is an introduction to problem solving and creative thinking.

Math Activities for Toddlers
 

Integrate math into your toddler’s play to nurture a positive attitude about math.

  • Count and sort different toys.
  • Talk about the size of different objects. What objects are similar? Which are different?
  • Sing songs that repeat and have patterns.
  • Try cooking a simple recipe together. Cooking activities allow young children to experience cause and effect, pouring and filling (full and empty) and measurement.
  • Go on a shape hunt to find different shapes either outside or in your learning environment.

Create texture shapes (cardboard shapes with different types of fabric glued on each shape) that your toddler can touch and explore.

Literacy and STEM

Research has shown reading to young children is on of the most beneficial things an educator or parent can do. Incorporate the STEM into storytime by choosing picture books that integrate Science Math skills into the story.

Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Count! by Denise Fleming

Have You Seen My Monster? by Steven Light

Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Quack and Count by Keith Baker

Rah, Rah, Radishes! By April Pulley Sayre

Round Is a Tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen

Toddlers are filled with natural curiosity. It is our job as educators and parents to help encourage their natural desire to explore and discover so that they can be future innovators and problem-solvers.