STEM is such a popular topic, and I know all of you are interested in finding ways to incorporate STEM into the every day with multiple ages. The beauty of Toddler STEM activities is that they just seem to happen naturally because kids are so curious. All you need are a few playful science and STEM activities that blend right into what you already do every day!
EVERY DAY TODDLER STEM ACTIVITIES THAT ARE SO EASY!
What is STEM and can toddlers really be a part of it and appreciate it? STEM is science, technology, engineering, and math. It’s a combination of two or more of the four pillars that makes a great STEM activity, but how can toddlers take part too?
I highly encourage you to find the everyday STEM with toddlers. A toddler’s world is filled with new things every single day and the discoveries and possibilities are endless. Instead of providing a structured step by step activity, toddlers need to explore. Yes, they can explore STEM too.
BEST TODDLER STEM ACTIVITIES
What I am going to share with you below is not a list of structured STEM activities with all sorts of necessary supplies to go out and get, I am going to share with you my favorite list of STEM infused ideas your toddler is probably already doing.
Watch your toddler carefully and see which of these activities he or she is already highly engaged in and see what else you can add to the fun and learning! The point is to keep everything playful.
Keep in mind the following: Toddlers have limited attention span and like to keep moving. It’s not about teaching and instructing as it is discovering and exploring.
TODDLER STEM IDEAS LIST
Create ramps and send down all sorts of things that go! You can also introduce things that don’t roll and see what happens! Grab some cardboard and toy cars, balls, and blocks. Your toddler will have a blast
Build, build, and build some more! Super high towers, houses, whatever your toddler is building with his blocks is expanding his design process and his engineering skills. He’s learning what happens when a block goes here or there or how a series of blocks builds something. Provide tons of cool blocks and read books with kids building neat things!
Mirror play, light, and reflection are always fun with a toddler. Set out a shatterproof mirror (supervised) and let them add small toys to it or even build with small foam blocks.
Show him or her their shadow, do shadow dances, or make shadow puppets on the wall. Show your toddler when the light comes in how it creates a shadow for an object. You can even set up stuff animals to see their shadows too. Flashlights are always great fun.
Water play is wonderful for kids to explore some fun STEM ideas. Pick a variety of objects to test out sink or float. Or try adding a toy boat and filling it with rocks to make it sink. Have you ever added a sponge to a water bin? Let them explore water absorption! Simply filling and dumping a variety of shaped cups introduces volume and weight and measurements.
Blowing bubbles is a childhood must, but it’s also science too! Make sure to blow bubbles with your kids, chase them, look at the colors. All of these simple activities set you up for more cool science later on.
The playground is an amazing place to explore gravity, different forces, and acceleration all through play. A jungle gym or playground is the perfect place to use physics in a playful way. Toddlers will simply love going up and down and sliding and hanging. As they get older and older you can actually introduce physics into the play.
Of course nature is a huge area of science and STEM for a toddler to explore. Get outside and find new discoveries everyday. Look for budding flowers or plant your own and check on their growth. Go on a bug hunt or play in the dirt and discover worms. Chase butterflies, measure rain fall, watch the leaves change color, catch snowflakes. Lie on your backs and talk about the clouds in the sky or feel the grass below you. My favorite science tool for any kid is a kid friendly magnifying glass!
Lastly, introduce and explore the 5 senses with your toddler. The 5 senses are unique to each of us and it’s fun to watch young kids explore these. The 5 senses include taste, touch, sound, smell, and sight. Encourage feeling new textures, listening for birds, tasting a new fruit (and examine the seeds!), smelling the flowers, or watching the rain fall.
Create wonder in the every day and you will automatically incorporate a bit of STEM learning too.
MORE STEM ACTIVITIES RESOURCES TO CHECK OUT
I have several resources that you can move into with your child when you are ready:
Below are a few of my favorite learning toys you can add to your day, but you may already have everything you need! These are amazon commission affiliate links for your convenience.
FUN TODDLER STEM ACTIVITIES TO TRY TODAY!
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