STEM for Toddlers
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, play!
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. And yes, they can explore with open-ended STEM activities too!
At Brick League you know we love STEM, and we love LEGO just the same. So why not bring our love of LEGO and STEM to our little friends just the same as our older league builders!
At the toddler age, you want to start cultivating a love for science by encouraging children to be curious and ask questions. Sensory activities are important to include because toddlers use their senses to try and understand the world around them.
We will invite toddlers to use 4 out of the 5 senses to describe what they see and observe.
How does it feel?
What does it look like?
What does it smell like?
What do you hear?
We will use a toddlers natural curiosity to develop problem solving skills, and have a great time doing it. Just some of the many STEM concepts we will explore with toddler time are:
We will create ramps and send down all sorts of things that go! We will also introduce things that don’t roll to experiment and see what happens! We may have some toy cars, balls, and blocks. Your toddler will have a blast!
We will 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 we may even read some books while building neat things!
There is a neat way to build a shadow stage using Duplo and lights. We can explore shadows by showing our tots how the light comes in how it creates a shadow for an object.
Water play is wonderful for kids to explore some fun STEM ideas. We will create a variety of objects to test out sink or float. We will then try adding different objects to make it sink. Playing with buoyancy.
At Brick League we are excited to bring a new 'league' to our tiny members, tot time! Stay tuned, we are working on the logistics to bring a STEM filled toddler time to Tucker!