Resources

In each of my posts, I include links to resources specific to that topic. On this page, I’ve collected some resources I use again and again because they’re full of great information.

Books for Parents and Teachers with Activity Ideas (affiliate links)

STEM books for Kids

Websites for Curriculum

Facebook Groups and Blogs

Each of these resources has a website / blog and they have a Facebook page where you can follow what they’re up to: TinkerLab, Babble Dabble Do, What We Do All Day, Hands On as We Grow, Little Bins for Little Hands, Artful Parent, Frugal Fun, Happy Hooligans, Lemon Lime Adventures, Buggy and Buddy, Steve Spangler, Fun at Home with Kids, Teacher Tom.

Club Tinkerlab on Facebook is a large group of parents, educators, and librarians who post questions about topics related to teaching STEM to kids, and always get great advice in response.

Videos / TV shows

Sid the Science Kid is absolutely fabulous for teaching STEM concepts to preschoolers!! It’s set in Sid’s home and preschool with lots of relatable characters, a predictable structure to each episode and a definite talent for simplifying concepts for this age group.

Bill Nye the Science Guy. Just search YouTube for his “full episodes.” This is more aimed at 8 – 12 year olds, I think, but my 5 year old loves it and learns from it.

Songs

Songs for Teaching: this website has a huge collection of science themed songs from multiple artists. They include the full lyrics for each song, a sample of the tune, and options for purchasing MP3’s of the song. Many of them would be better for the upper elementary to middle school age than the little ones I usually work with. http://www.songsforteaching.com/sciencesongsforyoungchildren.htm

In my blog posts, I sometimes include songs that we sing rhat are tied to specific STEM themes. Many of these I found online, simply by searching the web for “preschool songs [theme]” or searching YouTube for “kids songs [theme]”. I collected all the songs we sing in class here: https://inventorsoftomorrow.com/2017/06/23/kids-science-songs/

The King County Library has produced videos of librarians singing LOTS (hundreds!) of classic children’s rhymes: http://kcls.org/content/