Tag Archives: STEAM

“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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Snow and Ice are Nice!

This month we played with snow and ice… kind of! We held this event on a Tuesday in our library, Thursday at an outreach event, and again on Saturday in the library.

We shoveled “snow” with kid size shovels and biodegradable packing peanuts. This was by far the favorite activity.
  

We made snow owls like this post from Little Learners Lounge.
 

We made a sensory snowman like this post from Katherine Marie.
 
This little guy wanted to put the packing peanuts snow into the bag too.

We crawled under the lights like this post from My Life and Kids.
 

The second favorite was the fizzy ice station like this post from Toddler Approved.
 

This girl took the packing peanuts and placed them in the vinegar. They are biodegradable and dissolved! Who’s the budding scientist?

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“Opposites” little ones event

This month we focused on learning about opposites at our little ones event. We host our monthly little ones STEM event at the library on the second Tuesday of the month and the following Saturday.

We learned about fast and slow with these car ramps like this post from A Little Pinch of Perfect.

Of course, just playing with blocks is fun too.

We learned about wet with a bucket of water and some scoops and turkey basters.
 

We learned about dry with containers of sand and construction vehicles. I tried to keep the wet and dry areas separate so we wouldn’t have mud. It worked until the last 5 minutes of the event.

I brought out the light table for light and dark.

I also brought out flashlights and a colander like this post from The Activity Mom.

We played red light/ green light for stop and go.

I brought out the scales for heavy and light.

We used pincers to place pompoms into bottles to learn about empty and full, like this post from Mama OT.

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“Sam Sorts” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn.

We sorted colors with office supply stickers like this post from Busy Toddler.

Even the younger siblings liked this one.

 

We sorted mini sea life erasers from Oriental Trading.

We graphed with gummy bears like this post from Pre Kinders.

 

And by far the most difficult of the stations, we sorted letters into upper and lower cases.

 

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