Turn snack time into learning with this easy STEM or as I like to say STEAM activity for kids.
With just two simple materials you can encourage your child’s creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
STEAM represents the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Teaching children how to think creatively and learning to be problem solvers is how we can prepare our children for the future.
No matter what unknown technologies, industries or careers lay ahead, creative problem solvers will be the innovators in their field.
You may think you need fancy and expensive materials but creating a STEAM or STEM project for kids can be simple. Read below for our full tutorial using simple materials.
Part 1: Engineering, Art (Design), Math
Question: What Can You Build with only 2 Materials (grapes and toothpicks)?
Materials: Grapes (or cut apples, marshmallows) Toothpicks
Step 1: Arrange the materials in an inviting way for your child. Let your child experiment and explore with the materials.
Step 2: After allowing for time for open-ended play, challenge your child with a design problem. You can start simple like build a square or go more elaborate with the design a parking garage for a toy car.
This is a great way to differentiate the activity for kids of different ages and skills levels.
Part 2 (Technology, Art, Science)
Question: What Can You Create Using Your Sculpture’s Shadows?
Materials: Three-dimensional grape sculpture, flashlight, Pencil, Paper
Step 1: Now that your child is familiar with the materials present a new problem to solve. Turn off the lights and use a flashlight to examine your sculpture’s shadow. Encourage your child to experiment with the light.
What happens when you move the light closer to the object?
What happens when you move the light further away?
Step 2: Record your sculptures by drawing around the shadows.
Step 3: Turn your shadow drawing into a work of art. Add details and color to your paper to turn the shadow drawing into a work of art.
Activity Extension (Science, Art)
Question: What happens to your grape sculpture when it is left out?
Choose one toothpick sculpture to leave out. Ask your child to predict what they think will happen to the sculpture as the grapes are left out.
How many days until your sculpture falls apart?
Record the number of days your sculpture stands. Draw in your journal how the sculpture changes.
This post is part of the Early Elementary Learning Blog Hop. Check out the links below for more STEM and STEAM activities for kids.
Child-led STEAM Density Investigation at Life Over C’s
Snack Time Engineering Easy STEAM Project for Kids at Handmade Kids Art
STEM Books for Teaching/Homeschooling Kids at The Jenny Evolution
STEM Activities for Kids in the Kitchen at iGame Mom
PEEPS STEAM Activities at Schooling a Monkey
How to Make a Compass at Parenting Chaos
STEM Challenge: Edible Sedimentary Rocks Model at Preschool Powol Packets
Math Magic: Finding Center of a Circle at Planet Smarty Pants
Tinker Toys STEM Pulley at Sugar Aunts
Hot Chocolate Science at Creative Family Fun