Put a “STEAMy” twist on a classic Thanksgiving craft by making your own turkey and building a hideout for your turkey!
Preschool STEM activities don’t always have to require a lot of time or materials. Challenge your children’s problem-solving skills with these two low prep Thanksgiving STEM challenges.
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.
Read below for two challenges to inspire your young learner!
Preschool STEAM Challenge: Can you build a turkey?
Materials: cardboard tubes (cut in half), construction paper, glue, scissors, tape, feathers, googley eyes
Ask: What body parts does a turkey have?
Plan: Research facts about turkeys. What do you need to add to your turkey? What shapes can you use to represent the different body parts of a turkey?
Create: Use the provided materials to build your turkey.
Improve: Does your turkey stay together if you shake it or turn it upside down?
Share: Draw a picture or write about your turkey.
Preschool STEAM Challenge: Can you build a hideout for your turkey?
Help build a hideout for your turkey so it doesn’t become thanksgiving dinner!
Ask: Can you build a hideout/shelter for your turkey?
Plan: What materials do you need to build a hideout to save your turkey?
Create: Build your hideout
Experiment/Improve: Test out your hideout, can you see your turkey? Redesign your hideout as needed.
Share: See if a friend can spy your turkey?
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