STEAM for Kids

I always knew I wanted to start teaching my kids Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) concepts early in their lives. My husband and I are both engineers, and we were raised in families who supported and encouraged a strong early foundation in STEAM.

I think my family’s enthusiasm for math and science fostered a belief in myself that I could do STEAM. I was brave and signed up for the advanced math and science classes and applied for engineering school in college, even when I was one of the only females in the classes.

I want to give my children the self-confidence they need, so they know that they too can do or be anything they want. I want my kids to enjoy learning about math and science and become good at these subjects through practice and patience. So, I’m starting to teach them young (my daughter is two and my son is four).

We’re doing simple, easy and fun experiments that anyone can do with materials you probably already have at home. We’re also reading lots of STEAM children’s picture books, and visitng Children’s science museums. I hope you’ll follow along with my blog posts and join us by encouraging your kids to love STEAM too!

Just Like You, by Keosha Sath | Children’s STEAM Book Review

Reading time with my kids is my favorite time of day. I hope they never get sick of cuddling on the couch and reading with me! We love picture books and especially STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) focused picture books.  Once I read the description of Just Like You, by...

New year, new focus on STEAM for Kids

2018 just flew by for me. I'm feeling excited and refreshed for what 2019 has in-store for myself and my family. On New Year's Eve, I wrote down a few goals for myself personally for 2019. My first goal is to journal everyday. Journalling is one of my favorite activities, but I rarely make time...

Exploring the Five Senses for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Sense of Smell

Over the last few months we’ve explored the sense of touch and sense of taste with our babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Today I’m going to introduce you to the sense of smell.  The holidays are the perfect time to learn about sense of smell. Sense of smell is such a memory trigger for me....

STEM vs. STEAM – what’s the difference?

I use the acronym STEM often on my site. I’ve also started using STEAM, almost interchangeably with STEM. I think it’s time to discuss these two acronyms in detail. I’m going to explain the what STEM and STEAM mean, the difference between them, and why they are important for all of us to...

Rox’s Secret Code Children’s STEAM Book Review

Rox's Secret Code is a book that introduces kids to the wide possibilities of coding in a fun and imaginative way. Before I read the book to my kids, I read the book myself to see what it was all about. I was immediately drawn into the cute and colorful images, the spunky main character, Rox and...

Exploring the Five Senses for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Sense of Taste

In my last STEM for Kids post I introduced the Exploring the Five Senses for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Series with the Sense of Touch. My kids and I enjoyed the sense of touch activities, especially because they were simple and age appropriate for my kids. The five senses are a great way...

Girls Who Code Baby Code! Book Series Review

Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization with a mission to close the gender gap in technology. They have programs around the country designed to get more girls interested in technology and build a strong community that helps the girls succeed. Girls Who Code also has a great social media...

Exploring the Five Senses for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Sense of Touch

Today I’m introducing a new series under my STEM for Kids all about exploring the five senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. I wanted to get back to the basics with my STEM for Kids posts and this seemed like a great way for young kids to discover their bodies while learning STEM...

3 Simple Water Fun Experiments for Toddlers and Preschoolers

We're getting into the hottest part of the summer and there is no place my kids (and me) would rather be than in the water when it's hot outside. Anywhere near the water is perfect for us: playing in the splash pad, swimming in the pool, running through hose water and sprinklers in the backyard,...

Summer Fun for Kids: 4 simple indoor & outdoor Rainbow STEM experiments

My family likes going to our local Boardwalk (dining and shopping along the lake) for dinner on Friday nights because they have live music and an open space. The kids love to run around in the green space and dance to the music. A few weeks ago they had a wonderful children’s singer and it was so...

9 Easy Preschool Math Activities you can do Everyday – Guest post for From Engineer to SAHM

In March I interviewed Christy, who runs the blog From Engineer to SAHM, for my Women in Engineering Interview Series. After the interview she asked me if I wanted to write a guest post for her about preschool math. I love to subtly teach my son math everyday, so writing this post was as easy as...

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Earth Day STEM activities for kids

When I was in third grade my teacher cast me as planet Earth in a class play about protecting our planet. It left a lasting impression on me and I think is part of the reason I am passionate about conservation. I hope introducing my kids to conservation and why it’s important so young will leave a...

Fun time at Little Beakers

Some of my mom friends recently told me about Little Beakers. It is a science lab for kids, designed to make science accessible and fun for kids. They have an open lab, class field trips, and even host birthday parties! This place sounded right up my alley and in line with what I value for my...

2 Ocean themed STEM Experiments for Kids

Last week my son woke up from his afternoon nap and said, "I want to do a science experiment, Mama." This request was completely out of the blue, and I was so proud. I've been trying to do anywhere from 1 to 4 science experiments per month with my son for the past 6 months. It's so rewarding for...

3 Valentine’s Day themed Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiments for toddlers

In honor of Valentine’s Day, today I’m sharing my love of chemistry on the blog. Chemistry and math were my favorite subjects in High School, and the main reason I loved chemistry so much were the experiments. Chemical reactions are always fascinating to watch and I had so much fun in chemistry...

Teach your kids STEM concepts while making Rice Krispies Treats!

Ever since my son turned three he has been wanting to help me cook in the kitchen. The idea of him cooking with me in the kitchen was fun, sweet and appealing, but in actual practice it can be stressful, frustrating and test of my patience. I have been slowly getting better at letting go of my...

Fun and easy straw rocket STEM activity for toddlers

In my previous STEM for Kids post I mentioned how much my kids and I love to read. I've taken them both to story time at the library regularly since each was child was about 9 months old. We have so much fun singing songs, listening to stories, and doing fun activities with the librarians. Last...

3 fun and easy static electricity activities for babies and toddlers

Whenever I go to a holiday arts and crafts fair around town there is always one booth that makes me spend money every time: the books! Every time I see a book booth, book store, or get invited to an Usborne book party at a friend's house or on Facebook, I always buy new books for my kids. I'm a...

Easy and fun tower building activity to teach toddlers about shapes and gravity

My son was given a set of square magnetic blocks for his second birthday. They are one of the best gifts he has ever received. He has so much fun stacking them, making towers, and knocking the towers down. I love this toy for him too because he is learning great STEM skills while playing with the...

3 ways to do math everyday with toddlers

I’ve always planned to introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts to my children as young as possible. I think it is never to early to get them interested in STEM and start teaching them that they have the ability to do STEM from a young age. Recently we’ve been working...

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

The past few months have been filled with some major changes for me both personally and professionally. It has been an emotional roller-coaster, but somehow I’ve managed to make it out happier and more motivated than ever. One result of the changes is that I’ve decided to focus more time on my...

Do you have STEAM for Kids ideas?

Do you know of a super fun and easy STEAM experiment, a great STEAM children's book, or an awesome children's museum you'd like me to feature on the blog? I'm always looking for new ideas and I'd love to have your input. 

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