Tag Archives: STEM

“Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli” Story Explorers preschool book club

We read Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks.  

We made disappearing monsters like this post from Toddler Approved.

We painted with broccoli like this post from this post from No Time for Flashcards.

 

Then we ate veggies!

Mmmm

Happy Halloween!

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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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“Many Moons” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read Many Moons by Remi Courgeon.

We made foil moons like this post from Mommy’s Bundle.

We drew in shapes like this post from Pre-k Pages.

I love when moms get into it too.

We smashed “moon rocks” like this post from Pre-k Pages.

Some preferred squishing and squeezing to smashing.

 

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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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“Motor Goose” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read Motor Goose by Rebecca Colby.

We did a Humpty Dumpty egg balancing challenge, with spoons and egg shakers.

Uh oh! Traffic jam! Love mom’s face.

A fabulous coworker made me a clock out of cardboard and mice from our 3D printer. We sang Hickory Dickory Dock while racing the mice.

We painted with monster trucks like this post from Play to Learn Preschool.

And by far the crowd pleaser, we played with construction vehicles in the sand box.

 

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