STEM stands for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATH.
The preschool years are the perfect time to start building a foundation of STEM-related thinking skills. The more children are exposed to STEM concepts before they go to school, the easier it will be for them to understand those ideas when they start school.
During Story Time, we highlight different activities you can try at home to incorporate STEM in your child’s day.
1. Fill the muffin tin or plastic cups about ½ way with baking soda.
2. Pour vinegar into bowl (s.)
3. Add food coloring to the vinegar if desired.
4. Using an eye dropper, add vinegar solution to the baking soda.
5. Watch the fizzing and bubbling chemical reaction.
6. For a dramatic end, make a big reaction by dumping vinegar into a larger bowl of baking soda.
1. Eye droppers make for great fine motor skills practice and they are fun to use!
2. Encourage exploration and problem-solving skills by allowing them to choose how to experiment with the activity. Let them dump and mix!
3. Baking soda science is terrific for talking about the senses. You can hear, smell, feel and touch the reaction!
To make this a true experiment, you can try this:
Try using other materials in the same fashion to find out which insulator works best. Try butter, margarine, cotton balls, packing peanuts, dirt or sand…pretty much anything that you can fit between two zipper lock bags.