Interested in introducing your early learner to play-based STEM activities? See below for six websites offering activities in math, science, and engineering (we’re saving tech for later!):
- The website No Time for Flashcards (http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/other-activities/math-activities) offers over 75 hands-on play-based activities to introduce your child to counting, estimation, addition and subtraction, matching, fractions, and much more. The website’s author, Allison McDonald, has been in the business of educating early learners for over 20 years. She provides pictures and detailed how-to’s for each activity—a great website!
- The Imagination Tree (http://theimaginationtree.com/2014/11/20-counting-activities-preschoolers.html) has a counting help section managed by mom of four, Anna Ranson. The website provides counting activities that can be incorporated into daily life, and also extra activities that use objects likely to be in your home.
- Many parents already know of the great resources on scholastic.com. On their “6 Cool Science Experiments” page (http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/slideshow/parent-child/6-cool-science-experiment-kits), the website links directly to unique science experiments for three- to five-year-olds facilitated by the purchase of unusual items like a digital clock and a lemon, a worm farm, or a crystal growing kit.
- Kelly Johnson (http://www.wingswormsandwonder.com/) of Wings, Worms, and Wonder is a Montessori instructor and public speaker who integrates nature into every educational activity she takes part in. The Wings, Worms, and Wonder Blog presents the sign-up for a downloadable eBook with twelve outdoor and nature activities for your early learner.
- The Fun-a-Day website (http://fun-a-day.com/water-pipes/) is packed with both easy and more complicated activities to get your child involved in STEM and other interest fields. One of our favorites is the use of PVC pipes on the water table for an engineering activity. Children are able to direct the water through the construction of their own pipe system. Mary Catherine, the author of the website, says that the most fun comes from watching children problem solve the water flow and seeing the limits of water pressure in the pipes.
- The Tinker Lab (http://tinkerlab.com/ideas-for-building-forts/) has an entire page devoted to the construction of forts. While the “Woven-Willow Huts” mentioned on the website may not be possible for us here in Southwest Florida, the milk jug forts and igloos and the branch and yarn tee-pees are distinct possibilities.
Do you know of any great STEM websites to share? Let us know in the comments!