Building STEM Challenge

Building STEM Challenge

I try to challenge my students with different STEM (science Technology Engineering and Math) activities on a regular basis. I find these challenges encourage persistence, problem solving and critical thinking, but from a kids point of view they are simply hands-on fun! For this activity, all you need are playdoh and glass stones. Since I teach kindergarten, I made up a tray full of the materials for each groups to use. For this challenge, I encouraged students to think of the glass stones as bricks and the playdoh as mortar. I then challenged them to create a structure or house...

Spring STEM

Spring STEM

With spring just around the corner, I am excited to do some new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Technology) activities at home, and at school with my students! Young kids love to do science experiments, especially when they ‘explode’. This spring STEM experiment is easy to create and made from kid friendly ingredients. All you need is baking soda, food colouring, vinegar and a few little gems just for fun! I started by mixing baking soda with water. You want the mixture to be roughly the consistency of cupcake batter. If it is wetter, it will still work it will...

Object Art for Kids

Object Art for Kids

This object art for kids activity is so easy for home, or school, and creates the most adorable creations! With young kids in the house, we have lots of little collections of random things, ranging from shells to yarn, so the materials for this project were very easy to come by. This art project requires little to no prep, but it is a very engaging activity. Also, it encourages kids to look at ordinary objects in extraordinary ways. I started by collecting a variety of materials, and giving children a big bin with an assortment of items to create with....

Winter Outdoor Education Activities

Winter Outdoor Education Activities

I love to be outside, and I try to get my kids outside as much as possible. Below are some of my favourite outdoor education winter activities to do with kids. I teach kindergarten, so I try to make the activities educational, but any new hands-on experience is great for kids! My students love playing in a mud kitchen during the summer, so why not have a snow kitchen?? I provided children with a variety of kitchen materials and they played and baked for a long time. Some students added a bit of sand to their snow to create cookie...

Sound Experiment for Kids

Sound Experiment for Kids

There are many science experiments you can do with kids! Kids are naturally drawn to do experiments and play and explore with their hands. I like to do this sound experiment with kids as a way to introduce big science concepts to young minds. I have done this experiment with kids aged 3-10 and it is a hit with all of them. Since I teach kindergarten, I prepare for just under 30 kids per class. We have been exploring sounds so this experiment tied in perfectly. I started by using the large slinky and having a child and I hold...