In addition to the larger items, I have really been trying to invest in STEM activities.
This magnetic ramp set is one of the favorite center time activities. It is also one of my favorite items to observe my learners trying to figure out exactly what needs to be done to get wheels to roll down the ramps and drop into the tray below. There is lots of predicting, observing, adjusting going on! Plus, the joy on their faces once they figure it out is just priceless!
I also have Magna Tiles (another favorite item).
And, Magna Tiles on the light table...
- magnifying glasses
- sink or float items
- food coloring or liquid paint, along with a clear pitcher or jar to observe color mixing
- magnetic and non-magnetic items
- items from the world around us, such as: rocks, shells, sticks, leaves, nests, plants/flowers, etc
- coffee filters
- ice cube trays
- construction paper
- paper to record results of experiments or journals
- blocks/cars to build ramps
- sensory table/tub materials like, oatmeal, sand, beans
- measuring cups
Items that are not necessary, but nice to have would include:
- water/sensory table
- light table
- Magna Tiles
- STEM materials available through stores like Lakeshore
With encouragement from the teacher, children discover and explore the world around them. It is the teachers role's to provide hands on activities where children are engaged in the process of inquiry, theorizing, hands- on investigation, and discussion.