Science, technology, engineering and math, otherwise known as S.T.E.M., activities promote a sense of wonder and interest in the natural world.
Children are natural born scientists, eager to explore spaces and experiment with objects in their environment, and at AppleTree and Gilden Woods, we want to encourage and nurture this interest. Water is one of the six units of study covered in the S.T.E.M. curriculum offered at AppleTree and Gilden Woods. With the warm summer days it’s also a great way to stay cool and have fun!
Here is an example of a water activity you can try at home with your child!
- Water table or large tub of water
- Plastic cups, plastic bottles and other interesting containers
- Turkey basters
- Invite the child to sit by the water table and explore moving the water with their hands. Encourage them to try different movements such as wiggling their fingers or making a fist.
- Then, provide children with plastic cups, bottles and other interesting containers for them to explore how each container holds and moves water.
- Finally, add a turkey baster to the mix and watch as your child discovers creative ways to explore the water.
This refreshing water activity allows adults to introduce new vocabulary to children such as pour, more, less, flow, splash, drip, stir, squirt and spill. Children will also learn key concepts such as; water takes the shape of its container, you can use lots of different objects to move water and how water flows downhill.
To learn more about S.T.E.M. and other enrichment programs offered at AppleTree and Gilden Woods, click here!