Use your favorite read aloud books to create fun and hands-on ways to challenge children’s thinking and problem-solving skills with Preschool STEM activities.
STEAM is the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM activities help promote essential 21st-century skills, which is important in preparing our children for an unknown future.
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A STEAM challenge is designed for children to help inspire creativity, collaboration, communication, and encourage critical thinking, otherwise known as the 4 C’s.
You do not need expensive or fancy equipment to set up STEAM activities for children. Many STEAM challenges may be accomplished with simple classroom supplies. Check out our alphabet inspired STEAM challenge below!
Can you build an alphabet tree?
How many letters does it hold?
Objective: Build a three-dimensional Chicka Chicka Boom Boom alphabet tree that can hold the most alphabet letters.
Materials: Alphabet Letters, Craft Sticks, Blocks
Read the story, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
Ask: How can we build a tree that can hold different alphabet letters using these materials?
Imagine: Give students time to experiment and play with the materials.
Plan: Discuss and collaborate together or in small groups, on how to build a tree that can hold more than one letter. Students may wish to draw their design.
Create: Build your tree.
Improve: Discuss how you can improve your tree. Allow students to redesign their tree to try and hold more letters.
Share: Draw a picture of your final tree with the alphabet letters. Share with parents or other classmates.