STEM Activity – Roller Coasters

STEM Activity – Roller Coasters

We had so much fun creating these! One of our kindergarten classes have been learning about roller coasters and movement. I decided to give them the chance to design and create their own roller coaster. As students designed and planned their idea, they worked on their architectural skills. As they began to build and create, they became engineers. This STEM activity was a great hands-on way to explore these skills. I started by showing a short video of a roller coaster ride. Many children had been on one before, but some had not experienced what it felt like or looked...

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Nature Alphabet and Number Line The weather has finally starting looking, and feeling like spring so I have been taking my classes outside more. Today we did a really simple, but fun, outdoor education activity. I wrote the numbers 1-20 in dirt outside our playground. Since I teach different groups, I also scratched the alphabet into the dirt for my second group. Once we were outside, I gave every child a cup for them to fill with materials they find in nature. We then went on a nature walk around our school and looked for interesting items to use. Once...

Art Project for Kids

Art Project for Kids

I love teaching art to young kids. They are always excited to create something new. For our art class today, we created some beautiful art using paint and shaving cream. This art project for kids can be done in many ways, however, this is what I have found works best in the classroom and at home. First, I filled small trays with shaving cream. If possible, let kids watch as you spray out the shaving cream (or let them do it). I think for many this was their favourite part! Next, I gave each group red, blue and yellow paint...

Sensory Activity

Sensory Activity

Shaving Cream – Cake Decorating My kids love baking and everything baking related. I used this sensory activity so that they could practice their baking and cake decorating skills; however, I used shaving cream as icing and it worked out better than I imagined! I used this at home, but it would work well in a water table or sensory table in a classroom. As soon as my kids saw it, they couldn’t wait to start decorating! I covered the bottom side of a bowl in shaving cream and smoothed it out with a large popsicle stick. Then, I filled...

5 Math Activities for Kids

5 Math Activities for Kids

I truly believe that making school and learning fun and hands-on is the best way for kids to learn. If they are engaged in an activity then they are more likely to learn, and be happy doing it! The math activities below are all hands-on and have been successfully used in a classroom and home school setting. Try them out and get kids excited about math! Musical Math Ten frames are a great way to get kids to organize their work and numbers. I have a class set laminated that we use. For this activity each child received a ten...

STEM for Kids – Animal Cages

STEM for Kids – Animal Cages

STEM challenges have become very popular in my classes. They are perfect for a hands-on activity that promotes creativity, trial and error, and perseverance. Today students had the chance to be architects and engineers.  I challenged everyone to create a structure/home to keep an animal in. Small groups were given a bin with only clothes pins, popsicle sticks and larger tongue depressors. Then I gave each group a small animal critter.  They had half an hour to do their stem challenge! When I give STEM challenges I typically give very little direction/instruction to students. I try not to guide their...