Spring has sprung! Encourage your young learner to build and to be a problem solver! One of our favorite STEAM activities for preschoolers are Tinker Tubs!
Preschool STEAM Tinker Tubs
Tinker tubs are an easy way to encourage students to problem-solve, play and explore with materials you already have in the classroom.
What is a Tinker Tub?
A tinker tub is a container with provided materials that encourage children to build, create and design.
Tinker tubs give students the opportunity to learn:
- how to persevere
- how to learn from failure and still try again
- how to re-evaluate, redesign and re-think a problem to create a unique and inventive solution.
- develop fine motor skills
- learn to work collaboratively and share!
How to Get Started with Tinker Tubs:
Step 1: Choose your tub (or box, or bin)
Step 2: Choose your building materials,
Pick and choose from the materials you already have.
Building Materials Ideas:
- Wooden Blocks
- Pattern Blocks
- Linking Cubes
- Craft Sticks
- Small Plastic Cups
- Recycled Containers
- Cardboard Tubes
- Craft sticks
- Mini plastic cups
- Fake Flowers
- Plastic Flower Pots
- Plastic Eggs
- Pipe Cleaners
- Sticks and other nature items
Step 3: Let your students tinker and build!
You may wish to add open-ended STEAM challenge cards as a creative prompt deeper thinking.
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