STEAM projects=Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities that kids love, moms sometimes fear, and which we sometimes can’t do because we’ve run out of vinegar.
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Sometimes when a day has gone so well that we are done school in that fabled time before lunch, there looms the afternoon…
When we have a weekend full of kids over to play and the “we’re bored” starts to chorus from outside…
Or if the time is right for some messy experimentation or fascinating exploration, but you need to do something different than a nature hike…
Do you ever run into these STEAM dilemmas?
I sure do.
STEAM projects are fascinating and invite further investigation. STEAM is fun and so, naturally, we want to do it with our kids. But setting up “successful” projects can be intimidating.
We can choose to:
- Create the inspirational experiment ourself.
- Rack our brains to try to remember that cool high school chemistry demo.
- Run to Pinterest for a quick, simple, easy to implement and kind of impressive little spark of a project or lesson.
But here’s the problem with those choices:
- That takes time and it usually works out better if we’ve thought things through.
- High school chemistry was, sigh, way too long ago (for most of us).
- Pinterest (darn those Pin Engineers and awesome mommy bloggers–so clever!) forces us down rabbit trails and then we find ourselves pinning new kitchen cabinets and filling our style pinboard instead of finding the SCIENCE PROJECT!!!!
Oh–and , of course, then we want to have all the bits and pieces, ingredients and supplies easily on hand to carry out the awesome and amazing STEAM fun…
Because nothing is worse than realizing you could explain a law of physics if only you had picked up the agar flakes, non-butonium paste, powered dust bunny feet, fill in the blank… at the grocery store yesterday.
So what is a STEAM projects loving mom to do?
- Stock your pantry with some supplies! Use this handy shopping list!
- Pull your inpiration for STEAM projects from a few solid resources.
- Keep it all SIMPLE!
- Get going on exploring concoctions, building and creating with your kids!
My easy, go-to, pull from the iPad or shelf resources include these:
You guys–it doesn’t have to be rocket science when you are trying to share the awesome sauce of, well, sometimes I guess it is rocket science…but you know what I mean. We don’t have to make it perfect. We just have to be open to exploring the possibilities out there with our kids. And having a handy dandy listand a couple of go to resources? Well, that just makes it all a little easier for you!