Inventors of Tomorrow

Are  you looking for STEM enrichment activities for kids? This site is full of fun, do-able, play-tested ideas that work, whether you’re a parent of one or a teacher of many.

I teach a STEM (or STEAM) enrichment class called Family Inventors’ Lab, which focuses on hands-on learning and exploration of ideas from science, engineering, and nature. It is a multi-age class for kids age 2.5 – 7. The focus is on tinkering: making things, testing them, re-building them, testing again, and learning in the process. We have a new theme each week, but they are clustered into units that last 2 – 6 weeks. (Note: I’m hiring a children’s teacher for 2016-17. Here’s the Job Description)

Every post on this site contains enough activity ideas for a 2 hour long class on that theme (or, if you’re a parent or a preschool that meets multiple times a week, you might choose to do a few activities each day throughout a one-week unit on the theme). Activities include art projects, songs, games, books, building projects, and more. To read the most recent post, click here. Or, click on a topic below.

More fun stuff: There are additional posts on STEM topics and on outdoor/nature education on my blog More Good Days with Kids, including information on how to build your own: wind tube, scarf cannon, and ball wall/water wall.

Sources: Inspiration for the activities comes from many places, including blogs and websites (I’ve pinned lots of my favorite ideas at www.pinterest.com/bcparented/), children’s museums and science museums that we visit, and books such as Tinkerlab,  Curious Kid’s Science Book, the Growing Up Wild Activity Book, and the clever minds of my co-teachers, Cym, Debra, and Peter. I will frequently link to other helpful sites in my posts. I also include Amazon Affiliate links, in case you want to learn more about products or books that I refer to. However, rather than buying those products, I generally recommend you get your books from your local library, and use items out of the recycling bin or re-useable goods from thrift shops as much as possible!

Copyright note: If you live anywhere other than Western Washington, you are welcome to use any idea that I share in the Inventors of Tomorrow series, even including the full lesson plans. However, if you work in King County: It’s OK to use some of the individual ideas here – after all, I got many of them from the generosity of other people sharing their ideas on the world wide web… but I ask that you do not duplicate our curriculum in any class offered in King County. Thanks!

Learn more about me – www.JanelleDurham.com

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