Did you know that only 11% of children ages 2-5 can tie their own shoes, but 22% can use a smart phone app? And that by age 2, more than 90% of American children have an online history? Did you know that 40% of iPhone users would give up their toothbrush for a week before giving up their phone?
Ideas For Parents
Here is another great winter craft that incorporates several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based principles. Create an ice crystal. This activity is ideal for children between the ages of 16 months and 4 years old. Begin the activity by providing children several basic facts about snow. Facts can be very simple for a young child, 16 - 24 months, and increase in detail according to the age and interest level of the child.
The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors and use nature to create holiday decorations. Using items found in the outdoor environment is the ideal way to support your child's academic learning and incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles. Materials found in nature support a child's exploration and understanding of various scientific concepts such as the life cycle of a plant. An evergreen wreath is the perfect activity for children to complete at home.
Want to let off a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) this holiday season? Then grab your family, add a few supplies and try out these fun activities! Over the next several weeks, Science Matters will feature hands-on projects that will keep kids of all ages engaged in a bit of science. Let us know which projects are your favorites and post photos of your fab results on Science Matters' Facebook page.
Is your child always asking you a why question? Why do bees sting people? Why does the water in the pool burn my eyes? Why did the Titanic sink? As a parent, there are many different ways to respond. One way is to incorporate educational opportunities that encourage your child to think like an engineer.