5 STEAM activities
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!
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.
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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