• Kristie Smith, M.Ed

Stem Challenges and Fun for Kids

According to www.theedadvocate.org more educators are fostering STEM and physical activity learning into their curriculum and making it a necessary factor when creating lesson plans.

Why STEM activities? According to this informative website, STEM activities foster ingenuity and creativity, builds resistant, encourages experimentation and teamwork as well as tech use, problem-solving, adaptation and socialization.

At Educational Solutions, we feel STEM activities are important for creating happy learners.

Not only are independent activities incredible for kids, they give the parents and grandparents freedom for a little alone time.

We hope you enjoy the following activities making your time at work, practical, functional and fun!

1. Take out the Legos, blocks, balls, etc. Ask your child to create a new theme park. Ask them to name the park, create a sketch of the rides, restaurants, plants, water and other beautiful facets that a theme park has~ now, create the them park using blocks, mirrors, balls, cups, crafts, paper and other manipulatives.

Have them write out the directions on how to have a fun day at their amusement park

2. Trace around magnetic blocks and create magnetic people. Once the block people are created, ask the child to write a story in a journal about their characters. Remember, inventive spelling is okay.

3. Peanut Butter Play-Doh- I love this messy recipe. While messy, it is fun to make. Simple add white cake mix into a large bowl, then add peanut butter until the mixture is consistent like bread dough. Add food coloring for more fun!

4. I love to place markers, colors, scissors, glue, paper, cardboard, paperclips, and straws out on a table. Tell the child to create a special robot with powers. What powers do they have that will help the world? Tell them to name their robot. Take a picture and send it to us.

5. Play with parts of speech- Hand over a clipboard with paper and markers. Tell him or her to go through each room and write down the descriptive words in every room. The Livingroom adjectives could be colored in blue while the kitchen list may be in red.

6. Make story boxes. Ask your child to find three favorite books and lay them on the floor. Hand over three boxes (Kleenex boxes are good to use) and to locate at least one item from the story and place it in the story box. Now, every story has an object lesson to go along with it.

7. Many of my students are not fans of writing. They feel intimidated someone will criticize their work. We try to encourage free style writing. Hand children chalk and let them write on the sidewalk, the doors or on paper. Some kids enjoy scribble writing. This allows them to scribble down ideas and write a story without fear of not doing it correctly.

8. Write down family names and make them three inches tall. Now, ask your children to outline each name with sprinkles, rice, corn, sand or whatever items you have available.

When children are out of school for a break or other reasons, this can be ample time for them to enjoy learning while expressing creativity.

Enjoy and send us your ideas!



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