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)
- Growing Up Wild Activity Book: Exploring Nature with Young Children. Read my whole review of it here.
- Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Doorley
- The Curious Kid’s Science Book: 100+ Creative Hands-On Activities for Ages 4-8 by Citro.
- STEAM Kids: 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for Kids by Carey, et al
- Big Science for Little People: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science by Brunelle
- The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome Things To Do With Your Parents, Babysitters and Other Adults by Homer and Miller
- Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, K 2: Using Children s Books to Inspire STEM Learning by Morgan
- Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers by Beaty
STEM books for Kids
- My personal favorite Books about Inventors and Makers
- Kodo Kids’ list of 66 Essential STEM Books
- Books we use in our classes: 100 books on Engineering and Simple Machines, 100 books on science and 100 books on biology
Websites for Curriculum
- Preschool STEM Curricula from Massachusetts. Great detailed lesson plans on topics from gardening to birds, weather, and simple machines.
- Invent It! Build It! from PBS Design Squad. Challenges for 9 – 12 year olds (can be done younger with adult assistance)
- STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide from Boston Children’s Museum (features characters from Peep and the Big Wide World
- Exploratorium Activities
- Dawn Publications – companion activities for their books – all activities are about connecting children to nature
- Teacher Enrichment Resource Packets from Explorit Science Center – designed to accompany their exhibits but several ideas stand alone.
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 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/