Inside: Discover how to introduce preschool STEM activities to preschoolers in a simple and fun way – science, technology, engineering and math!
These topics at first may sound too advanced for preschoolers, but there are wonderful age-appropriate simple activities that begin to introduce the qualities of STEM to preschoolers in a way that feels natural and fun for them!
Below is a compilation of ideas to put your gears into motion.
Hands-On Preschool STEM Activities
What Dissolves in Water? – Discover which materials dissolve when stirred with water and which do not. (Hands On As We Grow)
Materials: Spoon, glass, food ingredients for stirring (salt, sugar, flour, etc.)
Do Oil and Water Mix? – Create a jar filled with water and oil for preschoolers to discover what happens when they try to shake them together. (Preschool STEAM)
Empty jar, water, oil, food coloring
Eyedropper Dot Filling – Draw circles of water for preschoolers to fill with a small eyedropper. (Teach Beside Me)
Eyedroppers, food coloring, laminated paper or sealable bag
Lego Playdough Building – Learn about balance as structures are built from playdough, straws, and playdough.
Playdough, Legos, straws
Shaving Cream and Blocks Tower – Fill your sensory bin with shaving cream and square blocks to stack together. (No Time For Flash Cards)
Bin, shaving cream, square blocks
Sink the Egg Challenge – Fill Easter eggs with various materials and discover which sink and which float. (Happy Toddler Playtime)
Plastic Easter eggs, various heavy and light materials to fill the eggs (pom-poms, dice, quarters, etc.)
Contact Paper and Blocks – Cover a vertical surface with contact paper for preschoolers to arrange blocks on as if they are stacked. (Teach Preschool)
Contact paper, foam blocks or small blocks
DIY Balancing Beam – Create your own balancing beam for comparing weights using wood or cardboard. (Early Learning Ideas)
Wood slates or cardboard, wood dowel, craft sticks, glue
Plastic Egg Stacking – Attempt to stack tall towers of plastic egg halves until they tumble over. (The Resourceful Mama)
Plastic Easter egg halves
Frozen Leaf Inspection – Freeze leaves in sheets of water for preschoolers to inspect. (Preschool Powol Packets)
Leaves, trays for freezing
Pom-pom Wall Tubes – Tape tubes to your wall arranged in a way for preschoolers to drop pom-poms down the tunnels. (Toddler Approved)
Paper tubes, scissors, different colors of paper, painters tape, pom poms
Nature Sink or Float Bin – Provide a bin of water along with nature materials to guess which items will sink and which will float. (Laughing Kids Learn)
Bin, various nature materials
How Do Insects Eat? – Discover how many insects eat by using straws to drink water from a plate. (Adventures in Mommydom)
Straws, plates, water
Dinosaur Stacking – Try stacking oddly-shaped toys such as plastic dinosaurs and discuss why preschoolers think that it is difficult to stack. (Kindergarten Worksheets and Games)
Small plastic dinosaurs (or other animal)
Preschool STEM Challenges Bundle
Learn about geography, world structures, architecture and more with your preschoolers using this preschool STEM Challenges Bundle.