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If you haven’t heard your child’s inevitable “call” of summer… it’s coming.
“Mom, I’m sooo bored!” Or better yet, “I don’t have anything else to do but play Fortnite.”.
Sound familiar? Then it’s time to transform your family’s ordinary day into an exciting STEAM Adventure.
A STEAM Adventure is your family’s plan for fun, educational play.
STEAM is a hands-on educational experience using Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. By combining a family activity, like a hike, with the elements of STEAM, you can have an educational, yet playful adventure with your child. Don’t let all that science and math intimidate you. STEAM really does make learning fun! And, it’s easier to create than you might think…
With the steps below, you can design an activity that has endless educational play possibility, sure to cure summer boredom.
To get you started, here is an example of a STEAM Adventure designed for young learners…
Science: While hiking, talk. Ask questions, lots of questions. You made it through their “why” phase, now it’s your turn!
Technology: Before your hike, sit with your child and research the regional plant life. Choose 5 plants to look for on your adventure together.
Engineering: STEAM activities help to explore deeper thinking in learning. Ask these thought-provoking questions to inspire engineering type thinking.
Arts: Collect small items while hiking. When home, transform a small box into a memory box, decorated with stickers, markers, or paint. This is a creative and artistic way for them to store and show off their nature collection, which can include anything really (maybe not that dead bug that they will beg to bring home!)
Math: Bring along a measuring tape to measure the height of plants and small trees. Estimate the height of larger trees. Compare your child’s height to a large plant. Measuring, estimation, and comparison are strong pre-math skills to build upon.
It truly is that easy to have an adventure in STEAM. Consider all the other possibilities to build educational opportunities into your family’s play… now, it’s your turn to go have an adventure in STEAM!