Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

STEM Experiences for Classrooms

Teachers are most effective when they facilitate the development of children's ability to reason rather than focusing primarily on rote memorization and following directions. This demands teachers design and engineer educational experiences and classroom environments that are tailored to their children's specific needs and interests.

Below are activities early childhood teachers can download to explore how they can begin to facilitate children's reasoning in STEM, literacy, and self-regulation. These activity sheets are helpful to teachers who are exploring how they can arrange their environment and interact with their children to deepen their learning by engaging in authentic problem solving. Once teachers experience their children's satisfaction and joy in solving their own problems, it will be difficult to not want to explore further!

Air Dynamics

Air Dynamics: Exploring and Engineering Air Streams

Chutes Silos

Chutes & Silos: Exploring Force and Motion with Infants and Toddlers

Contents Containers

Contents and Containers: Exploring Space with Infants and Toddlers

Develop Math Reasoning

Developing Mathematical Reasoning through Playing Games

Block Puzzle

Developing Spatial Thinking with Pattern Block Puzzle Frames

Ramps Pathways

Exploring Force and Motion through Ramps and Pathways

Block Building

Exploring Geometry through Block Building

Light Shadow

Exploring Light & Shadow

Sound

Exploring Physics of Sound through Musical Instrument Making

Block Center

Infants and Toddlers Block Play: STEM in the Blocks Center

Flow

Let It Flow: Exploring Water Movement

Name Cards

Name Cards

Drawing

Observational Drawing

Cooking

Pancakes, Pudding, and Problem-Solving: Investigating Chemistry in Cooking

Pendulum

Pendulum

Rule making

Rulemaking

Soap

Soap & Water Sandwich:  Investigating Bubbles

Target

Target Ball

Tops

Tinkering with Tops:  Exploring Physics of Rotational Motion

 
       
       
       
       

 

Test

Air Dynamics Chutes & Silos

Contents and Containers

Mathematical Reasoning

Spatial ThinkingDeveloping Spatial Thinking with Pattern Block Puzzle Frames

Force and MotionExploring Force and Motion through Ramps and Pathways

STEM block buildingExploring Geometry through Block Building

Light and ShadowExploring Light & Shadow

Physics of SoundExploring Physics of Sound through Musical Instrument Making

STEM Block Play Infants and Toddlers Block Play: STEM in the Blocks Center

Let it FlowLet It Flow: Exploring Water Movement

Name CardsName Cards

Observational DrawingObservational Drawing

STEM CookingPancakes, Pudding, and Problem-Solving: Investigating Chemistry in Cooking

PendulumPendulum

RulemakingRulemaking

BubblesSoap & Water Sandwich:  Investigating Bubbles

Target BallTarget Ball

MotionTinkering with Tops:  Exploring Physics of Rotational Motion

   
     
     

 

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Air Dynamics  Air Dynamics:  Exploring and Engineering Air Streams

 

Conflict Resolution  Assisting Children in Conflict Resolution

 

Chutes and Silos  Chutes & Silos: Exploring Force and Motion with Infants and Toddlers

 

Contents and Containers  Contents and Containers:  Exploring Space with Infants and Toddlers

 

games  Developing Mathematical Reasoning through Playing Games

 

Pattern Blocks  Developing Spatial Thinking with Pattern Block Puzzle Frames

 

Ramps and Pathways  Exploring Force and Motion through Ramps and Pathways

 

Block Building  Exploring Geometry through Block Building

 

Shadows  Exploring Light & Shadow

 

Physics of Sound  Exploring Physics of Sound through Musical Instrument Making

 

Infants and Toddlers Block Play  Infants and Toddlers Block Play:  STEM in the Blocks Center

 

Water Movement  Let It Flow:  Exploring Water Movement

 

Name Cards  Name Cards

 

Observational Drawing  Observational Drawing

 

Child cooking  Pancakes, Pudding, and Problem-Solving:  Investigating Chemistry in Cooking

 

Pendulum  Pendulum

 

Rulemaking  Rulemaking

 

Child blowing bubbles  Soap & Water Sandwich:  Investigating Bubbles

 

Target Ball  Target Ball

 

Tops  Tinkering with Tops:  Exploring Physics of Rotational Motion