When it comes to modern day education, one thing is for sure: science, math, technology and engineering are incredibly important. STEM programs have become increasingly popular in schools across the country and encourage children to utilize the lessons they learn from each of these learning paths on their own as well as together. Here at Austin Kids Retreat in Austin, Texas, we strive to provide the children that attend our facility with the first few building blocks needed to build a successful future in a STEM program. In today’s blog, our team is going to go over a few fun activities that you can do at home with your little ones. 

Building Blocks Alongside Technology

Technology may be a prevalent part of our education system, but it’s still relatively new for preschoolers and kindergarteners. For that reason, it’s good to introduce them to technology when working on STEM activities at home. A fantastic way for them to work a bit with technology while also working on the engineering aspect of the STEM program is by using building blocks to create a structure that is being displayed on the piece of technology. 

Pull up a picture of a building made from blocks on your tablet or laptop. Show this to your child, and give them the same blocks that are shown in the picture. Now, challenge them to create the same building with the pieces that they have and the image on the tablet. This is a great lesson in how technology can be a guide while working on projects. Aside from that, it’s a fun activity that your child will enjoy doing without even realizing how technology and engineering are being implemented into this form of play.

Grow Ice

Okay, we fully understand how ridiculous this sounds, but growing ice is a fun and exciting experiment that anyone can do at home! All you need are a couple of unopened bottles of water. Throw them in your freezer, and let them sit there for two hours and 45 minutes. If you want to make it a bit more colorful for your kiddos, add some food dye into the water, shake well, and seal the lid tightly before you put the water bottles into the freezer. Make sure that you set the bottles flat on their sides when you place them in the freezer; you may need to clear a shelf to do this.

Once two hours and 45 minutes have passed, take the water bottles out of the freezer very gently. Do your best to avoid shaking or knocking the jar, because this will ruin the outcome of the experiment. Now, once you’ve got the bottles out of the freezer, set out a tub of ice in a large  bucket or big tupperware (you want to account for some overflow). Once you’ve got this set up, pour a steady flow of water over the ice. You should begin to see it grow! Pour it directly on one ice cube or on all of the ice cubes, but you now have quick and beautiful castles and towers made from ice!

Visit Austin Kids Retreat

The beginning years of your child’s education are incredibly important. If you’re looking for a STEM program in Austin that is going to prioritize your child’s education, look no further than Austin Kids Retreat. Our staff is always looking for ways to implement fun and challenging lessons in your child’s day. Feel free to check out our current schedules for our various child care programs and register online,or contact our office with any questions. We can help you get registered or schedule a tour for you to visit our facility. We are always here to help!