STEM is such a popular topic, and I know all of you are interested in finding ways to incorporate STEM into every day with multiple ages. The beauty of STEM for toddlers is that it just seem to happen naturally because kids are so curious. All you need are a few easy STEM activities that blend right into what you already do every day!
EVERY DAY STEM ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS THAT ARE SO EASY!
STEM FOR TODDLERS
What is STEM and can toddlers really take part in STEM and appreciate it?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It’s a combination of two or more of these four pillars that makes for a great STEM activity. But what does STEM for toddlers look like?
I highly encourage you to introduce STEM for toddlers through the everyday. 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 with open-ended STEM activities too!
BEST STEM ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS
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. Instead 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.
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Keep in mind the following: Toddlers have a 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 stuffed toy animals to see their shadows too. Flashlights are always great fun.
5. WATER PLAY
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 STEM activities set you up for more cool science later on.
7. ON THE PLAYGROUND
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 every day. 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 rainfall, 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!
9. FIVE SENSES FOR TODDLERS
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 rainfall.
Create wonder in every day and you will automatically incorporate a bit of STEM learning too.
MORE HELPFUL STEM RESOURCES
I have several resources that you can move into with your child when you are ready:
FUN STEM ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS TO TRY TODAY!
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TOYS FOR TODDLERS
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.