Steam resources for 3-5 year olds

Early years engineering

Inspire the engineers of tomorrow with these exploratory activity ideas, created by German companies hoping to spark an interest in science and technology among young learners.

These resources are hand-picked by the Tes team

Early Childhood Education Activities - Boxes

Gather together all the boxes you can find and use them as a stepping stone for prerequisite skills that students need for language, reading and number work. Young students will love the activities dealing with tools and musical instruments. They will be able to make an alligator or build sculptures and towers – honing important skills at the same time.
By chicadee

Shape Match Up - Minibeast theme

A4 pdf which includes templates of minibeasts made out of 2d shapes plus corresponding coloured shapes to match to the templates. Minibeasts includes are ladybird, butterflies, snails, dragonfly, bee and spider. Just cut and laminate to make a themed, cross curricular matching game. Template bases have captions of inibeast names in Sassoon infant font.

By bevevans22

STEM Building Challenge Cubes

This is a fantastic product to introduce to your STEM students, or eager engineers. Similar to "Story Cubes", these are "STEM Cubes". Students roll all the cubes together, and position them to be face up after rolling. Students will determine which materials they can select, how much of each material, how much time they have to build, and can even be suggested a topic to build. Set these cubes out as an independent center, team building, group work, etc...

***PLEASE NOTE*** You must provide your students with the variety of materials featured on the dice in order for them to complete the task successfully. All materials are easily accessible no matter where you are.

This packet includes:
5 Materials dice (with varying materials)
1 Quantity dice (to declare how much of each material)
1 Minutes dice (to show how much time students have to build)
1 Design dice (with suggestions for students on what to build)
1 Blank Minutes dice (for teachers to choose their own timings)
1 Blank Quantity dice (for teachers to choose their own quantities)

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By LyndsDive

Make a butterfly kite

Make a butterfly kite! Just download the instructions and choose your butterfly template: Get kids outdoors exploring and bring the outdoors into your classroom with this fresh activity from the Woodland Trust's nature detectives website.
By naturedetectives

STEM Summer Challenges

This is my set of 6 summer STEM challenges, to keep young minds engaged and engineering throughout the summer.
***PLEASE NOTE: Additional materials are needed to complete these activities***
The topics for these challenges are:

1. Melting in the Sun
(broken crayons, chocolate, marshmallows, butter, Legos, marbles, ice cubes, rock, wood block, coin, shredded cheddar cheese, paper clip, 12 space muffin pan, recording sheet (1 per student).

2. Making Ice Cream
1 Pint and 1 Gallon sized Ziploc bags, ice cubes, 1 cup half and half, 􏰀 cup Kosher salt, 2 tbsp.sugar, 􏰀 tsp. vanilla extract, ice-cream cones or bowls, spoons.

3. Lemonade Taste Test
Pitcher or container with spout for pouring, cups, pre-cut lemons, sugar, water, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, spoons, fork or lemon juicer. (For younger students, pre-crush berries to help the juice release.)

4. Cooking in the Sun
Pizza box, tin foil, glue, bowl lined with foil, marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, a chopstick or skewer,

5. Building Water Slides
Cardboard (for base), masking tape, straws, cardboard tubes/toilet tubes/paper towel tubes, aluminum foil, Lego figures or other small plastic toys, plastic
or Styrofoam bowls.

6. Water Balloon Parachutes
Small water balloons, paper towel tubes, rubber bands, popsicle sticks, masking tape, Styrofoam bowls, aluminum foil, cotton balls, straws.

Students will complete the different challenges and give some feedback/assess their learning. Some activities have extensions included for further learning.
By LyndsDive

Pictogram template - What are your toys made from?

After watching the PowerPoint, 'materials - toys in my stocking', we looked at the toys the children themselves had brought in. We discussed the materials they were made from and classified them according to their main material. The children then drew small pictures of their toys which we photocopied for them to collect the data. They then completed this pictogram to see which material was the most frequently used in the toys that they'd brought in :-)
By kmed2020

Forest School Challenge Cards

These 30 Forest School Challenge Cards are just what you need to encourage creativity and exploration in your own Forest School. All the challenges are designed to be fun, interesting and stimulate children's imagination.

Pack includes 30 challenge cards and digital backing paper so that you can make your challenge cards look stunning on both sides.

1 PDF file A4 size cards
1 PDF file A6 size cards (4 to an A4 sheet)
1 PDF file digital backing paper

Simply download, print and laminate and use outdoors for lots of fun. Enjoy!
By Miranda Pemberton


I used this multi-sensory activity for a 30 minute NQT teaching session in a Reception class to introduce Pumpkins as part of Fruit & Vegetable/Harvest Topic. It includes KUW é CLL and can be extended into work on the letter P or introducing ideas on writing a recipe right through to making the Pumpkin Soup. I am new at this so I hope it is o.k?

By deKerckhove

STEM: Building Sandcastles CCSS

This is a great hands on unit for K-2 students that is aligned with ELA CCSS, and Next Generation Science Standards for Engineering & Design. Perfect for an OCEAN UNIT or END OF THE YEAR celebration activity!
Students will complete this 2 part activity to create and test different sand mixtures, then select the best one for building and then build the tallest sand structure they can, culminating with completing the ELA and Math activities. The idea is for students to see different combinations of sand, and to test the strength when building.

***Please note additional materials are needed for this activity***
Play sand, cornstarch, baby oil, shaving cream, flour, water, storage containers with lids.

Standards Covered:
K.MD.A.1, 1.MD.A.2, 2.MD.A.1, 2.MD.A.2, W.K.2, W.K.3, W.K.8, W.1.2, W.1.3, W.1.8, W.2.2, SL.K.1, SL.K.3, SL.K.5, SL.K.6, SL.1.1, SL.1.5, SL.2.1

This packet includes:
Cover Page
Introduction and Set up Page
3 pages of ELA, Math and Next Generation Science Standards for K-2
Lesson Procedure
Building Sandcastles Differentiated Self Assessment
Building Sandcastles Differentiated Writing Extension
Building Sandcastles Sand Mixture Recipes
Building Sandcastles DifferentiatedMath Extensions
Building Sandcastles Differentiated ELA Extensions
Building Sandcastles Real World Extension
Building Sandcastles Banner for classroom display

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By LyndsDive

Making Fruit Salad Sequencing Cards

Clear A4 posters with simple text and picture prompts. Could be used on the IWB, as a display or as smaller table top cards to guide pupils.
By bevevans22

Constructing A Permanent City

Colegrave Primary School wanted to make use of the outside classroom and to construct a mini version of Stratford City looking at the design features of the city and considering what they would like to see in an ideal city. As a result it was decided to construct a permanent structure in the playground that can be added to and used as a resource to teach different things e.g. road safety etc. The idea being that the model city will be permanent for the children to interact with it and understand its impact. The project was planned to run over 11 weeks in the Spring term of 2009 working across Key Stage 1 and the Foundation stage. Planning sessions were held prior to the start of the project with the Stratford City Education Officer, the artists and the teachers. Four artists were employed to work over 8 classes developing the ideas for the City and creating the final buildings. The project required teachers and artists to work in partnership so objectives were met. The final City was constructed at the school to be used as a permanent resource for students.

By StratfordCity

Fireman Sam's Ladders

A chance for learners to be creative and build three ladders for Fireman Sam. We used straws and sticky dots to put them together, but children may think of other options! This was carried out during our People who look after us theme, but could be used anytime. Once the ladders were made we ordered them from shortest to tallest....and then built a Pontypandy village with short and tall houses and made short and long fire engines!
By kmed2020

Scarecrow building activity

Scarecrow building activity. Get your class in the fall spirit with this DIY scarecrow activity.

The PDF includes:
- Large Scarecrow - Black and White DIY coloring template: Pages 2-6
- Small Scarecrow - Black and White DIY coloring template: Page 7
- Teaching tips: Page 8
- Large Scarecrow - Full Color template: Pages 9-13
- Small Scarecrow - Full Color template: Pages 14

Teacher Tips:
-Materials: You will need to cut out the Scarecrow and adhere the arms, legs, head and feet.
-I recommend lamination or printing on card stock paper for years of use!
-Print on construction paper, have the kids color their own, or print the version in full color.
-Great to include with fall or farm lesson plans. Display on a fall bulletin board or for harvest festival decor.
-For a fun fall book to accompany the lesson try reading the book ‘The Scarecrow's Dance’ by Jane Yolen.
-To round out your scarecrow lesson, here is a WONDERFUL song to accompany the scarecrow activity in class:

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow Song with Actions:

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By creativeteachersabroad

Humpty Compose

Experiment with different sounds and make a sequence. Choose your instrument by clicking on each of the rectangles. Keep clicking until you reach the instrument you want to hear on that beat.
Leave a blank for a rest. Encourage children to experiment with different patterns and then to try out their composition using real instruments.

Note: This is a Flash activity and may not work on all devices and browsers. We recommend IE.
By TESiboard