What do you think of when you hear the term preschool STEM activities? Sounds kind of crazy, like the debates about kindergarten being the new first grade. So why are STEM activities important for preschoolers? Aren’t we just rushing the joyousness of childhood right out of them and shouldn’t kids just play, especially preschool kids? Well find out below how preschool STEM activities do make for awesome playful learning and more.
STEM FOR PRESCHOOL
WHAT IS STEM FOR PRESCHOOL?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Some people also include art and call it STEAM! We put together a huge A to Z STEM resource for kids here with tons of ideas and information to get you started whether you are at home or in the classroom.
ALSO CHECK OUT: STEAM Activities For Kids
WHY IS STEM IMPORTANT?
We love taking part in simple STEM activities at home and my son always enjoys them when they are presented at school too. Here’s our list of reasons STEM is so valuable for preschoolers…
- Kids need time where they can wander around exploring nature and making observations.
- Preschoolers love to build block cities, humongous towers, and crazy sculptures.
- They need free access to blank paper and a variety of cool art tools to explore colors and textures.
- Preschoolers want to play around with loose parts, create cool patterns.
- They need the opportunity to mix potions and get messy.
Can you see the hints of science, engineering, math, and art in all of those things? That’s exactly what I believe preschool STEM activities and STEAM activities should be all about!
WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR STEM?
There are absolutely no specific tools, toys, or products that you must have to create amazing preschool STEM activities. I guarantee that you have everything you already need. Of course, there are always a few fun things you can add to a STEM kit and always have on hand. But I encourage you to look for those things first around the house or classroom.
Check out these helpful STEM resources…
WHAT IS STEM LEARNING?
The youngest kids already know so much about ecology, geology, physics, chemistry, and astronomy. YOU just don’t realize it yet. All they need to know comes from exploring the world around them.
The best thing adults can do with STEM for preschool is to stand back and observe. Maybe offer up a question or two along the way to encourage more exploration or observation. But please, please don’t lead your kids’ step by step.
Allowing your kids to engage in a STEM or STEAM rich environment provides them with immense opportunities for personal growth. Additionally, it encourages self-confidence which turns into leadership down the road.
EMPOWER YOUR KIDS WITH STEM
We need innovators, inventors, engineers, explorers, and problem solvers. We don’t need more followers but instead, we need kids that will take the lead and solve the problems that no one else has been able to solve.
And that starts with preschool STEM activities that allow kids to be kids and allows them to joyfully play and explore out of their seats.
So if you hear the word preschool STEM curriculum and you really feel like you want to roll your eyes, just remember adults like to make big titles. Your kids will adore preschool STEM activities because of the freedom they will provide.
It’s a win/win situation for adults and kids and ultimately the entire world. So what type of preschool STEM activities will you share with your kids?
25+ PRESCHOOL STEM ACTIVITIES
Click on the links below to learn more about each STEM activity.
PRESCHOOL STEM PROJECT IDEAS
Looking for fun STEM projects for preschool to fit in with a theme or holiday? Our STEM activities can be easily changed up by using different materials and colors to fit a season or holiday.
Check out our STEM projects for all the major holidays/ seasons below.
- Valentines Day STEM Projects
- St Patricks Day STEM
- Earth Day Activities
- Spring STEM Activities
- Easter STEM Activities
- Summer STEM
- Fall STEM Projects
- Halloween STEM Activities
- Thanksgiving STEM Projects
- Christmas STEM Activities
- Winter STEM Activities
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MORE FUN PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES
LEARN WITH STEM FOR PRESCHOOL
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