STEAM

STEAM Fun

During Spring Break, there might be time to have fun with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activity or two. Here are six places to browse for some ideas: 37 Classic Science Experiments for Kids from Red Tricycle Elementary Activities from Tinkerlab Hour of Code Activities learnXdesign Online Science Resources from Science World… Read more

Let’s Make It! with STEAM

Looking for inspiration on things to make as a family? Sometimes a little browsing together through a book of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) projects will spark an idea. And, the projects aren’t just for older children. Here are some of the things you can find: 25 cardboard engineering projects for makers in… Read more

Science Literacy Week

Today is National Science Reading Day. It’s part of Science Literacy Week, a week-long celebration of science in Canada. Looking for a book about science? Click here for suggestions. Any time of the year, science activities with children are fun. For ideas on easy activities you can organize, take a look at Decoda’s STEAM Family… Read more

The Importance of Play

Are you looking for materials to display or give to parents about the importance of play? Child’s Play: Learning that comes naturally is a booklet for parents, created by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. Power of Play posters from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development of Newfoundland and Labrador reinforce… Read more

Invisible Ink

Writing a message or drawing a picture with invisible ink combines literacy, science and art. It’s a fun way to use and learn about chemistry. How does this kind of invisible ink work? Scientific American explains here.

More Gadgets and Contraptions

In addition to the Gadgets and Contraptions activities that we mentioned last week, Science World has an extended version of Gadgets and Contraptions: Science for 3-5 year-olds that are designed for use with groups of children.  This sheet for caregivers and preschool teachers includes more experiential activities such as Take-Apart, Rollercoasters, Pendulum Bowling and Message… Read more

Shadow Play

Playing with shadows helps children learn about the properties of light. Exploring shadows can be done using everyday objects that are readily available. And, it’s fun! Here are some light and shadow activities to try: Reflections and shadows – Science for 3-5 year-olds  – Two activities, Exploring my shadow and Shadow puppets, from Science World’s… Read more

Gadgets and Contraptions

Gadgets and Contraptions (Science for 3-5 year-olds) is one of the Activity sheets from Science World’s Big Science for Little Hands @ Home.  It contains two fun science activities – Kitchen Contraptions and Catapults – that make use of easy to find objects that you have at home. You can find more ideas for easy-to-do… Read more

Domino fun for all ages

Dominoes are simple objects with a lot of versatility. They can be used to support all kinds of learning while developing hand-eye coordination. For toddlers, dominoes can be used for sorting, matching and counting. Here’s one mom’s story of how her toddler worked with dominoes. Domino games and puzzles can support early learning of math… Read more

Origami

Origami, the art of paper folding, uses a small number of basic folds in a variety of combinations to create simple and complicated designs. Because there’s so much variety, there’s something for all skill levels from simple to complex. And, the materials don’t have to be complicated. For origami instructions, look for books at your… Read more