Toddler's Can Do STEM! Challenge While Playing:

May 29, 2016
Toddler’s can do STEM? Why, yes they can! STEM is an acronym which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  In education there is a new  push to engage children at an early age with the idea that science, technology, engineering and mathematics are all around us and even toddler’s can do STEM too! We love this quote: “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” -Chinese Proverb  Children learn while doing and if they have positive emotions while doing, the learning is exponential! And guess what that’s called? PLAY!

Here are some wonderful books to check out from your local library this summer.  Toddler’s can do stem too as you read the book and then use the text as a spring board for an activity! You can gather big, bigger, biggest items for a museum or make your own monster puppets from lunch bags and other materials around the house.  You can help plant vegetables or just play with pretend fruits and vegetables by Melissa and Doug! There’s lots of learning that can also be fun.  Have a fun summer!

“STEM topics naturally flow into toddler times, because literature and math are such natural companions,” notes Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Andersen Library. These titles are excellent introductions to math concepts in toddler and preschool storytimes:

Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt (Holt, 2009)
Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman (Beginner Books, 1961)
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert (Red Wagon Books, 2004)
Perfect Square by Michael Hall (Greenwillow, 2010)
Quack and Count by Keith Baker (Harcourt, 1999)
Rah, Rah, Radishes! By April Pulley Sayre (Beach Lane, 2011)
Round Is a Tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong (Amicus Illustrated, 2015)
10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel (Knopf, 2012)
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox (Harcourt, 2008)
Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen (Coward-McCann, 1983)

For the full book list where this is shared from: “Suprise! It’s STEM for Toddlers!
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