Resources

In each of my posts, I include links to resources specific to that topic. There are some resources I use again and again because they’re full of great information, and other resources that are just excellent collections of a specific activity. I’ll be adding those to this page over time.

Books

In each of my blog posts, I include recommended books related to that theme.  The books here are my favorite overall resources.

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.

Websites

Preschool STEM Curricula from Massachusetts. Great detailed lesson plans on topics from gardening to birds, weather, and simple machines.

Facebook Groups

Club Tinkerlab 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]”

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