Tag Archives: STEAM

“Costume Party!” little ones event

For this month, we made costumes out of paper bags, paper headbands, and paper plate masks. This event was for ages 2-5, and we held it on Tuesday and Saturday at the library.

I put a sign out on the table for inspiration, but I left no actual instructions. I wanted people to use their imaginations.

 

 

 


 

I bought a photo backdrop and made a photo booth.

 

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“Get Swamped!” little ones event

For this month, we learned about swamps, ponds, ducks, turtles, and frogs. This event was for ages 2-5, and we held it on Tuesday and Saturday at the library.

We hopped around on lily pads.

We made fish swim like this post from Deceptively Educational.

We made turtles with potato mashers like this post from Happy Toddler Playtime.

We made quacking ducks like this post from the Quiet SLP.

 

We looked at pond water and other natural objects with our magnifying glasses and microscopes.

 

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“Discover Fossil Cookies” little ones event

I had originally scheduled a presenter for this event, but she cancelled. This is the second time I have tried to hire her because her programs sound incredible, but she has cancelled days before the event both times. Needless to say I was more  than a little peeved, but the show must go on! With the help of a coworker and his knowledge of the 3D printer, we came up with some activities quickly.

My coworker 3D printed dino bones which we hid in sand. The kids had to use brushes to dig the way a paleontologist would.

Of course, wherever there is sand, there is a mess. I always have at least one neat freak who needs to keep it clean. 🙂

Then this kiddo decided that the big brush was better than those little ones.

I googled fossil cookies, since that was the topic the presenter was going to cover. I used directions similar to this one from Teachers Pay Teachers. Eating the “fossil site” at the end of the dig is, of course, the most fun.

I also put out a dinosaur felt set that someone donated to us. I wish they still made these!

We made stegosauruses with our names like this post from Artsonia.

Not bad for basically an on the fly event!

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“Scavenger Hunt” little ones event

Today we held a scavenger hunt for ages 2-6 at one of the parks near the library. I used these sheets from No Wooden Spoons, although I should have changed the fern item, since Colorado is a little too dry for them, heehee.

This was not timed or a race; the kids simply had to fill out their sheets and bring them back to me for a prize (just the sheets; no picking flowers). They could choose prizes from our treasure chest (full of previous years’ leftover summer reading prizes), and they could enter their name into a drawing to win a cardboard rocket ship, courtesy of our Friends group.

 

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“Discover Bugs” little ones event

This month we held a bugs event. This event was for ages 2-5, and we held it on Tuesday  at the library.

We made name caterpillars like this post from a Cynical Parent.
   

We made ants in our pants like this post from Teachers Pay Teachers. Obviously stamp pads are super popular.

We explored live ladybugs (outside). You can get them at your local gardening store.

This boy tried to give his ladybug a leaf.

Ladybugs on your head are always fun.

We also had red wigglers, or composting worms, which I ordered off amazon.

This girl’s reaction to the worms says it all.

 

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“Preschool Prom” little ones event

This month we held a preschool prom. This event was for ages 2-5, and we held it on Tuesday and Saturday at the library.

We had a red carpet and a photo booth.

We ate fancy snacks: cheese, crackers, grapes, and sparkling grape juice. The kids all wanted to take their champagne flutes home with them, and one mom said that her kids will be drinking all of their beverages out of it for the rest of the week.

We made prom queen and king crowns out of pipe cleaners.

This girl wanted me to make sure I saw her beautiful shoes.

And of course we danced. I played a preschool dance party mix off Spotify. I blew up balloons for the dance floor as well.

And just like at real prom, by the end people were getting silly and tired and taking their shoes off.

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“Penguins in Space!” little ones event

Every April in Colorado, we celebrate One Book Colorado, a state wide campaign to get a free picture book into the hands of every 4 year old. This year’s giveaway title is Penguinaut! by Marcie Colleen so we held a very silly event called Penguins in Space. This event was for ages 2-5 (not just 4 yr olds), and we held it on Tuesday and Saturday at the library.

We made rocket ship names like this post from The Inspired Home.

We drew in the “snow” with penguins like this post from Frugal Fun 4 Boys.

And yes, friend, that is salt.

We tried to walk like penguin dads carrying eggs using a balloon in between our legs. I also put out the river stones and balance beams just for fun.

We played in a penguin sensory bin with glass beads, frozen ice bergs, penguins, and a turkey baster (everyone’s favorite water toy).

We made rocket ships like this post from Buggy and Buddy.

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“Preschool Self-portraits” little ones event

This month we played with self-portraits!  Being able to recognize faces and emotions is an integral part of self-regulation and socio-emotional awareness. We held this event on a Tuesday, on Thursday at an outreach location,  and again on Saturday in the library.

 

We drew on mirrors with dry erase markers like this post from Preschool STEAM.

I set out a bunch of craft supplies (buttons, pipe cleaners, glitter glue, yarn, washi tape, pom poms, paint and brushes, googly eyes, beads, modeling clay, markers, crayons, glue, scissors) and let the kids go to town.

And sometimes just making bracelets is fun too.

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“Billions of Bricks” Story Explorers preschool book club

We read Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus. 

We built with uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows.

This girl made a bunch of sticks for roasting marshmallows.

We played with blocks.

We built with Tubelox.

And everyone’s favorite: Makedo toys.

Some kiddos thought that shaving the styrofoam with the Makedo knife was more fun than building so they created “snow.”

Our janitor loves me.

 

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“Love” Story Explorers Preschool Book Club


We read Love by Matt de la Peña. This one is tough for me to read in public without crying. I think it’s a perfect read for the kids to grow with. There is so much to dissect here. 

We estimated and graphed with candy hearts like this post from Buggy and Buddy to learn about nonstandard units of measurement.

I set out a table of pipe cleaners to make various heart crafts like love goggles, heart rings, and heart chains.

We made Shrinky Dinks valentines like this post from TinkerLab.
 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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