On October 4th, Sherri Peterson will present “Infant and Toddler Problem Solving with Chutes and Silos” at the Iowa Early Learning Fall Institute. This 90-minute session will focus on how chutes and silos can support problem solving and STEM learning for infants and toddlers.
Chutes and Silos is a physical science activity involving clear acrylic tubes and a variety of objects such as balls, cylinders, natural materials, and found objects for infants and toddlers to explore by tipping, rolling, bouncing, throwing, and moving. It appeals to children’s interests and promotes the children to figure out how the physical world works and to modify the physical world to make something interesting happen. Photos and videotapes of children using the materials in classrooms and teachers interacting with children will illustrate principles of teaching that will guide teachers in setting up the environment, intervening in ways that provide multiple opportunities for young children to explore the properties and functions of objects in order to nurture the development of STEM learning dispositions.