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5 STEAM activities

June 4, 2017Rabbit Ideas

I’ve posted before about the rise in STEAM learning– combining Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with the Arts. For this type of activity, we tend to rely heavily on the items in our ‘STEAM box’. Big and Little both enjoy STEAM play; Little obviously needs a lot of support at the moment, but his ideas are becoming more involved and complex all the time. Big likes being set a challenge, or indeed, finding his own from reading books or other ‘arts’ stimuli. For more STEAM ideas, don’t forget to follow the Rabbit Ideas STEAM board on Pinterest.

There are lots of things we have tried, but anything which involves catapulting, building a bridge, a mode of transport, fixing something or trapping a ‘baddy’ goes down well!

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“I’ll huff and I’ll puff…”

Here are 5 STEAM ideas using classic fairy tales:

-Three Little Pigs- Build three houses from straw, sticks and bricks.

-Billy Goats Gruff- build a strong bridge/ a raft for the goats.

-Jack and the Beanstalk- design Jack a parachute/ make the Giant’s castle.

-Goldilocks and the three bears- design Goldilocks a bed/ fix the broken chair.

-Chicken Licken- Build a shelter in case the sky really does fall down.

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Making some home improvements…


Many of these STEAM challenges can grow from ideas whilst just playing with open ended resources. This kind of activity is also brilliant for developing vocabulary and speaking and listening skills, too. Toddlers and Pre-schoolers come up with the best questions about why things are the way they are, sometimes STEAM activities can spring from attempting to answer them! The skills needed in STEAM also link with Growth Mindset– to have a theory or idea and test it and improve it until it works. Even young children get really good at evaluating and suggesting improvements for what they would do next time, developing their skills of reflection, too.

Which story would you like to explore through a STEAM activity? Join in the discussion on Twitter or Instagram and tag Rabbit Ideas-I’d love to see your ideas!

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Comments (14)

  • serenityyou

    June 5, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I am really glad that we are encouraging our children to learn STEM especially our little girls #bigpinklink

    1. rabbitideas

      June 5, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Yes, very important!

  • mommabeaver3

    June 8, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Such great ideas here! My youngest will love the Three Little Pigs activity. 🙂

    1. rabbitideas

      June 8, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Brilliant! Let me know on Twitter how you get on 🙂

  • thatbutterflyeffect

    June 8, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Such great ideas! My older son loves arts and science so I really need to do some of these! Thanks so much for sharing. xx

    1. rabbitideas

      June 8, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Glad he likes both subjects- that is fab.

  • pinkpearbear

    June 11, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    These are brilliant ideas! I’ve not heard of STEAM learning before but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for linking up to the #bigpinklink

  • Rupreet

    June 12, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Love these ideas my little one is obsessed with the three little pigs – what did you use for bricks in building? Lego? Thanks #thelist

    1. rabbitideas

      June 12, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Yes, we used Lego, so versatile!

  • Rupreet

    June 12, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Love these ideas my little one is obsessed with the three little pigs – what did you use for bricks in building? Lego? Thanks #thelist

  • Karen Dennis

    October 7, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I must admit that I have never heard of this before, but as an ex early years practitioner, I find it exciting! #satsesh@_karendennis

    1. rabbitideas

      October 7, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Yes- it is really interesting stuff!

  • The Queen of Collage

    October 12, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Loving these ideas. Thanks for sharing. #thesatsesh

  • Hayley @Mission: Mindfulness

    October 12, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Ooooh I love lots of these ideas – especially the Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks and the three bears ideas! Thanks, as ever, for giving me some inspiration xx #thesatsesh

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