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Preschool is the natural age to ask questions and explore the world. We kick off our FREE STEAM: Preschool Activities for STEM Enrichment Ecourse with our first Science challenge, observation and classification of rocks! What better way to explore your child’s natural curiosity than collecting, observing and creating! It is a great way to be hands on and learning.
Week 1 SCIENCE CHALLENGE:
Thinking like a Scientist: Collect and observe rocks.
STEAM: Preschool Activities for STEM Enrichment
Rocking Rock Collection
Observe and describe differences in rocks.
Assortment of Rocks, Magnifying Glass, Science Journal, Pencil or Marker
Directions for Activity
1. The child will collect rocks on their daily adventures outdoors. Tell him that a rock is a natural solid made up of one or more minerals.
2. Once a group of 5 or more rocks have been collected, encourage him to observe the shape, textures, weight and colors of each rock. Talk about what he sees. Use language rich words such as shiny, dull, smooth, bumpy, round, ﬂat, heavy, light, and hard.
3. Allow the child to organize his collection in any way he chooses. Encourage him to then sort by certain attributes as described earlier. Find a place the home or classroom where this collection can be displayed.
4. After the collection has been sorted, choose one rock to draw in a science journal. Label colors, divots, textures, or differences in the rock that makes it unique. Write one sentence to describe the attributes of that particular rock. Preschool children may attempt to write these words on their own. An adult may also write the words dictated by the child in grown-up writing on the paper. This helps beginning writers make the connection between spoken words and written words.
Science at home does not have to be complicated with basic materials you can help your child develop their natural curiosity into thinking like a scientist.
Tell us in the comments below. What color rocks did your children find? And don’t forget join us!
Join us for the first week of our ecourse with a Google Hangout on September 21st @ 8:00pm to hear tips and tricks for incorporating Science activities for your preschooler. We will be discussing our own personal experiences and tips for making Science an everyday learning experience.
No registration is required, but we would love for you to share in the blog comments how your child did, any observations you made, or other tips on how you are improving that area of academics with your preschooler.
STEAM Preschool E-Course Schedule
Friday 9/19- Science Challenge Announced
Sunday 9/21 – Introduction to STEAM and Science Google+ Live Hangout
Friday 9/26- Technology Challenge Announced
Sunday 9/28- Using Technology to Enrich Learning Google+ Live Hangout
Friday 10/3- Engineering Challenge Announced
Sunday 10/5 – All About Preschool Engineering Google+ Live Hangout
Friday 10/10- Art Challenge Announced
Sunday 10/12 – Increasing Art in Every Day Google+ Live Hangout
Friday 10/17- Math Challenge Announced
Sunday 10/19 – Making Math Fun and Meaningful Google+ Live Hangout
Friday 10/24- STEAM Challenges: Pictures and Stories from YOU!
Sunday 10/26- The Importance of Preschool STEAM Live Google + Hang Outs....
Username: Kids STEAM Lab Added On: 2014 September 21