Monday, December 1, 2014

Today I am sharing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to try with your school age kids in December.

December STEAM Ideas for Kids December STEAM on Planet Smarty Pants

Mask-Craft I can’t believe it’s December already. It’s going to be a very busy month for us, since Smarty has a musical school performance on December 11 and December 12, and a choir showcase on December 17. It means a lot of rehearsals and not a lot of time for other activities beyond homework. But I know that she will enjoy books of our Christmas Countdown, and I expect that we will have some Nativity reenactments as well. We will try to fit some math and science into our plan as possible, but I really want to be able to slow down and just enjoy the season together.
Christmas-Story-With-Puppets

STEAM Ideas from After School Link Up Participants

Science

See how water temperature affects candy canes dissolving in water (A Mom with a Lesson Plan), fish for ice (Science Kiddo), or create a snowy scene with oobleck (Left Brain, Craft Brain).
Candy Science Mom With a Lesson Plan

Technology

Nobody linked any technology posts last week, but I wanted to highlight our yearly tradition of following a fun online Advent calendar at Activity Village. Smarty will be eagerly checking every morning to see what online activities and printables are offered for that day.

Engineering

I love this fun “invitation to build” Christmas gumdrop trees from Left Brain Craft Brain.
Gumdrop Christmas Trees from  Left Brain Craft Brain

Art

This beautiful symmetrical snowflake from Buggy and Buddy seamlessly combines math and art!
Symmetrical Snowflake from Buggy and Buddy

Math

I have my own point of view on introducing children to toy catalogs (we don’t), but The Educators’ Spin on It turned them into a math exploration and learning to budget.

Holiday Toy Guide Math Game for Kids Read Christmas Books

Of course, holidays wouldn’t be complete without Christmas books. Check out my recommendations by month and age and this great list of Christmas books from Path through the Narrow Gate.
Christmas Book List

Your Turn

What do you hope to accomplish in December?

More Christmas Ideas for Kids?

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5 comments:

Ticia said...

To my mind toy catalogs are mainly good for craft supplies, and beyond that I leave them alone.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love that use of toy catalogs! My kids love looking at all the photos - something I also did as a child.

Deceptively Educational said...

I think it's awesome that your daughter acts out the nativity!! What a great hands-on way to teach her the Christmas story!

Anne at Left Brain Craft Brain said...

I love that your daughter is as into pretend play as science. I think our kiddos would get along well :) Thanks for including our Gumdrop Christmas Trees!

Kim Vij said...

Love the STEAM post. Thanks for sharing our math activity. We think it's important for kids to know what toys are worth and how to budget to help prepare them a bit for the future.