Encourage Young Learners with STEM at Home

August 31, 2020 | Ana

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Family building Lego tower together

Our Summer Wonder online programs may be wrapping up, but learning and discovery takes place all year round! Kids and families can explore STEM concepts at home through hands-on activities. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. It has become an important and popular topic among educators. These are all broad subjects and may sound intimidating. We're here to help make learning about STEM fun and exciting for kids!

STEM activities can:

  • stimulate different learning centers in the brain, expanding a child's understanding of the world around them
  • help your child build problem-solving skills and boost their confidence
  • develop critical thinking through trial and error and experimentation
  • encourage divergent thinking, so be sure to ask lots of open-ended questions while doing experiments
  • introduce children to new interests and hobbies.

 

Calling all Mini Makers!

Want to build a catapult, make a kaleidoscope or even "sew" a constellation? Mini Makers programs are designed for children 4 to 8 years old, using readily available materials and supplies. STEM opportunities are all around us!

In this video, kids can learn about density and buoyancy. All you need is a container of water and a selection of household objects which can survive the dip.

Check out more Mini Makers workshops on our YouTube channel. Create catapults and parachutes, explore the properties of sound and more!

 

Take a Creativity Challenge!

Creativity Challenges are STEM and arts-based activities for ages 6 to 12. Use everyday materials and the power of imagination to design dinosaurs and dream libraries, build a monument or a time machine! Families can brainstorm together on how to use the materials you have at home to complete each challenge.

Check out how we made a model of the Great Wall of China out of books, paper and toys!

Discover more Creativity Challenges on TPL Kids!

We also have lots of book recommendations so kids can read more about topics which interest them. You can also stream educational videos on Hoopla and Kanopy. And great news – you can now visit a library near you to browse the shelves.

 

Remember, it's never too early to start having fun with STEM! Celebrate and stimulate your child's natural curiosity. Help them tap into their inner scientist as you navigate learning experiences together, all year round. We'd love to see what your kids create! Take a picture of their experiments or inventions and share it with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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