What is STEAM?

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The next several Thursdays, I’ll be sharing a variety of STEAM activities that we’re doing in our home, but before I do that, I thought I would probably be remiss if I didn’t explain first what STEAM stands for, and some resources that I’ll be referencing for our projects.

So, what is STEAM?  STEAM stands for

Science
Technology
Engineering
Art
Mathematics

You may have heard of STEM, which is simply STEAM, without the A.  But experts in the world of education know that the Art component is important – “recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts.” (The Palm Beach County Prime Time after school community website has some great info about what they are doing in their community to promote STEAM!)  And this art component is especially important in YOUNG minds – fostering a love for creativity the younger, the better.

This is the book that I’ll be using for most of my inspiration for activities, though some of them do come from my own brain and teaching experience. STEAM: Preschool Activities for STEM Enrichment (aff link, thank you!)

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And here are a few of the activities we’ve done and shared on the blog in the past that qualify as “STEAM” activities:

Science Activities:
Candy Cane Science Experiment

Habitat Sensory Play

Rock Box

Melting Beads

A Little Walk

Water Walking

Water, Sunlight, and Love

Water Beads

Apple Volcano

Four Seasons Button Trees

Technology Activities:
Kindle Fire HD 6 for Kids – product review

Kindle Fire Apps for Kids and User Tips

Engineering Activities:
From Food Pouch Lid Activities – building/stacking

From Apple Theme Center – building/stacking

Sticky and Pokey

A Day at the Beach… Or Not

Duplo Math

Art Activities:
Microwave Puff Paint

Making an Impression

Poster Painting

From Pumpkin/Halloween Center – coloring a pumpkin art

Four Seasons Button Trees

Fall Trees Activities

Leaf Man

Jack-o-Lantern Sensory Art

Owl Art

Leaf Art

Orange/Pumpkin Scented Playdough

Scented Shaving Creme

Colored Glue Art

Repurposing Mommy’s Tools

Math Activities:
The Gift of Giving

Duplo Math

From Pumpkin/Halloween Center – counting by 2s, patterning, and size sorting

Sticky Football Field

Food Pouch Lid Activities

Honeybee Math

From Apple Theme Center – color sorting / counting

Sensory Bins for Grandma’s House

Clock Clothespins

Sunday Sorting

Money Monday

Crazy Hair Day

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