четверг, 20 августа 2015 г.

Christmas STEM Ideas Engineering Christmas Trees

Christmas STEM Ideas Engineering Christmas Trees
Christmas STEM Ideas Engineering Christmas Trees

christmas stem ideas activities and christmas stem challenges

ENGINEERING TREES AND CHRISTMAS STEM IDEAS FOR KIDS


Many of these include one or more of the different components of STEM learning including science, technology, engineering, and math. However, I tried to break them up into each different section to give you a better idea how to include the component of STEM into the activity! It’s such a huge component to building, engineering, examining, and exploring!


Christmas STEM Countdown Calendar

CHRISTMAS STEM: SCIENCE


These Christmas STEM ideas for science are really quite easy and use just a few common kitchen and laundry ingredients! Don’t be intimidated! They are simple and tons of fun! We have plenty of classic science experiments to check out as well. Please click on the red links to bring you to full post!


Slime is simpler then you think. Our no fail homemade slime recipe works every time!


Christmas Tree Homemade Slime Recipe Ornament Activity Fine Motor Science

2 ingredient oobleck is easy science any time! Also snowflake oobleck!


Evergreen oobleck Science Winter Science Sensory Play Christmas Tree Activity

Common kitchen cupboard ingredients make this super fun activity! We also have melting snowmen!


Melting Christmas Tree Baking Soda Science Sensory Play Activity

CHRISTMAS STEM: TECHNOLOGY


Technology is a bit tough to work in with a young child who still needs assistance with many things and who may not yet be able to read! However, there are still tons of great ideas! Although not a Christmas STEM activity, our gumdrop building activity used technology to help us understand bridge building! Look what we found to try below!


Coding a Colorful Christmas Tree!


I found a terrific little program that was offering a simple project for the holidays, coding a Christmas tree on the computer! What fun we had together choosing patterns, colors, light movement, size and more. It gave me a great chance to visually show my son how people use this technology to make some of the awesome light displays he has seen around this year. Check out Light Projects from Made with Code to try it out!


Christmas Tree STEM Coded Christmas tree lights

CHRISTMAS STEM: ENGINEERING AND CHALLENGES


The first 2 projects below have links to take you to the original post for details. The others are quick projects, I will explain along with the pictures! All of these Christmas STEM ideas are easy to set up with common supplies!


We also have another version of a holiday geo board to check out!


Christmas tree engineering project geo board christmas tree

Use icy blocks to build a tree! There’s a bit of math involved too!


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CARDBOARD CHRISTMAS TREE ENGINEERING


Christmas tree STEM activity with cardboard Christmas trees

Super simple with leftover cardboard, this Christmas STEM activity is perfect for quiet play, down time, or at a relatives house! First we cut triangles and made slits half way down. To make a tree, make sure to cut out two large triangular pieces {math}. Make a slit from the top down for one triangle and make a slit from the bottom up for the other triangle. Make sure to stop halfway. For the little triangles, we cut out a bunch and made a slit half way from the bottom up! You can make any shape you want!


Christmas Tree STEM Cardboard tree STEM activity Set Up

PLAY DOUGH AND STRAWS CHRISTMAS TREE CHALLENGE


Christmas Tree Stem Play Dough and Straws Christmas tree building

Grab some play dough and straws! I cut our straws in different lengths and we made this cool tree together. Talk about angles, corners, sides, stable bases and so much more! How tall can you build it? Can you make a triangle inside a triangle. What’s a 3D shape? This activity opened up so many areas to discuss and explore together!


Christmas Tree STEM Play Dough and Straws Christmas tree engineering play

MINI CUPS CHRISTMAS TREE CHALLENGE


The picture really says it all! Build with cups! How tall can you make your tree before sit falls? What kind of base is best? Ours needed some cheer so we decorated it!


Christmas Tree STEM plastic cup tree building STEM activity

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CHRISTMAS STEM: Math


Note: For many of these activities we counted our supplies, explored shapes, patterns, and sizes!


Exploring and Measuring Evergreen Branches


We practiced using a ruler, scissors and tweezers to examine our tree’s evergreen branches.


Evergreen Science preschool exploring evergreens

CHRISTMAS TREE GEO BOARD


Explore geometry with a tree shaped geo board!


Christmas Tree Geo board Math STEM Activity Fine Motor Play

I am always amazed at how much we both learn from these creation activities! Christmas STEM ideas, challenges, and activities are perfect for budding engineers are also terrific frugal play ideas that encourage imagination, free thinking and curiosity!


FUN CHRISTMAS STEM IDEAS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON


Click on the photos below to check out more awesome Christmas STEM ideas!


Original article and pictures take http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/christmas-stem-ideas-kids/ site


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