Inventors of Tomorrow

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

Activities include art projects, crafts, songs, games, books, science experiments, building projects, printable posters, and more. To read the most recent post, click here. Or, click on a topic below.

How these activities were developed and play-tested:

I teach a STE(A)M 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, parent-child class for preschool to elementary age kids, from 2.5 – 7 years old. The focus is on tinkering: making things, testing them, re-building them, testing again, and learning in the process. Most projects use only free or low cost materials, most of which you already have. We have a new theme for each week’s lesson plan, but they are clustered into units that last 2 – 6 weeks.

Every post on this site contains enough easy activity ideas for a 2 hour long class on that theme. If you’re a homeschooling parent or a preschool that meets multiple times a week, you might choose to do a few theme activities each day throughout a one-week curriculum unit on the theme. If you’re planning a science themed birthday party, you might choose simple activities from a variety of themes.

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: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors and The 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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