Bonus: You can do most of these experiments using just items found around the house!
Before I get started, STEAM stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics
WHY IS STEAM SO IMPORTANT?
STEAM is the new “hot” word being said throughout schools and academia. It used to be STEM, but they’ve since added Art. The reason STEAM is important for early childhood is because it helps teachers and parents incorporate multiple disciplines at the same time and it promotes learning experiences that allow children to explore, question, research, discover, and exercise innovative building skills (Colker and Simon, 2014).
The biggest and BEST reason for STEAM and why we as parents should start using it as early as possible is it promotes critical thinking. STEAM incorporates multiple areas that your child one day, as an adult, will be using all day everyday. They need to know how to abstractly think and process information. As a parent, I want to give my child every head-start possible, of course, surrounded by love, encouragement, and FUN.
Each of these activities are play-based, fun, and provide your child deeper thinking. It allows them to explore their world while having fun. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed yet but I love the word FUN haha. At this age, everything involved with learning should be fun and play-based, nurturing, encouraging, etc.
Our goal is for them to LOVE learning which in turn will make them successful in school.
A is for Arctic Animals
This is such a fun experiment! It teaches children about how arctic animals stay warm in the cold weather. Be ready for giggles and introducing your child to Arctic Animal YouTube videos. They gotta see these sweet animals in action!
B is for Beans in a Bag
Can a bean grow in a bag? This is a great experiment to teach your child about what plants need to grow.
Just a note: wash your hands (and your child’s hands) veryyyy good before touching the bag and paper towel or this will become a germ & mold experiment instead, haha.
C is for Cornstarch Quicksand
How does quicksand work? This is also a great opportunity to show your child an informational video about quicksand- they are exploring their world. We’re here along for the ride
Download HERE STEAM experiments A-C
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Each of these STEAM experiments are also included the Letter Toddler Curriculums, find each of them here.