Tuesday, June 14th, 2022
Homeschooling has been on the rise lately post COVID, with many parents choosing to continue teaching their children at home after schools reopened. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie when it comes to homeschooling, motivating your kids to learn doesn't have to be a challenge. You can spark excitement about science, math, and much more using fun ways to introduce STEM to your kids.
And don’t fret when it comes to teaching young children about STEM. You might be surprised at how many opportunities you have to teach early learners these concepts. For example, you can ask kids to identify shapes in the clouds, go on a bug hunt, or build with blocks (or anything else you can think of).
If you need more inspiration for introducing STEM to your kids, here are 6 easy ways to get started.
1. Visit a Local Science MuseumIf you need a stepping stone to introduce your kids to STEM, visit your local science or children’s museum. It’s a great way for kids to have hands-on, up-close experiences with activities, and you can get even more ideas. Many museums will offer special events throughout the year. So check out your local museum’s website or give them a call to learn about the latest educational opportunities.
2. Play with BubblesLittle kids love bubbles (even big kids and grown-ups do). Besides being fun, bubbles are a great way to teach many science concepts, including elasticity, surface tension, light, and more. You can pose questions like, why do bubbles stick together or why do bubbles pop? Let kids play and experiment to see what happens when they do different things with the bubbles.
3. Explore the OutdoorsNature abounds with all sorts of ways to learn about math and science. Toss a blanket on the ground on a pleasant day and look at the clouds. Talk about the different shapes you see, how the clouds move, why they look different, etc.
Examining plants and how they react to sunlight and other elements is another fun activity. You can also go on a bug hunt and examine how different insects move and what they do (just make sure to return them to their homes afterward).
4. Set Up a Construction Zone and BuildGrab the Legos, wooden blocks, plastic cups, and anything else you can stack or manipulate and create a mega construction zone. You can even add to the fun by making your site in an outdoor sand pit. Let kids build various structures and learn as they go. When a building falls, it’s a perfect opportunity to learn about engineering as kids try and try again.
5. Put on a Baking Show in Your KitchenBaking and cooking are incredible ways to learn about chemistry, counting, adding, and other STEM concepts. Let your kids help with each part of the process and talk them through the steps. They’ll learn a lot, and you’ll have extra dessert to enjoy.
6. Create a Digital DrawingYoung children often have an uncanny ability to operate technology. You can make it interesting for them with games, digital puzzles, and touchscreen drawing. Let them create a masterpiece on the screen and then print it out to show them how it can go from on-screen to something physical.
To make things even simpler, check out our comprehensive and engaging education kits and games. Our Ed-ventures Homeschooling Kit features tons of quick activities for young children, making learning and teaching a breeze.