Pre-Kindergarten STEM Activities
Observe how objects can be seen in dark spaces with low levels of light and how light interacts with different materials.
Night Light Game
Observe how objects in a dark space can only be seen when light enters the space in this interactive game from PEEP and the Big Wide World.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Its Life Cycle
Students listen to a read-aloud of the Eric Carle picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then, they watch a time-lapse video of the monarch butterfly life cycle and create their own picture books.
Outdoor Family Fun
National Geographic curated list of activities.
National Geographic Explorer Classroom
Every weekday at 2:00 p.m. Live video events that connect students with explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.
Tami's Tower: Lets Think About Engineering
Educational game that teaches kids to design a solution to a problem using basic engineering principles.
Superheroes Learning Lab Collection
See, Think, and Wonder with videos and ideas in this Smithsonian Learninng Lab Collection.
The Doctor Is In
Watch Smithsonian dino-celebrity, paleontologist Dr. Hans Sues answer kids' questions in this YouTube video series.
San Diego Zoo LIVE CAMS
Watch polar bears, penguins, and pandas along with other animals live on camera!
The Field Museum
Take a virtual field trip to the Field Museum in Chicago!
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Take a virtual field trip to an aquarium. Ten web cams to choose from that let you experience the wonder of the ocean.
Live streams take place daily at 3 p.m. Watching the videos after the live streaming may be better suited for our younger Pre-K learners so you can stop periodically and discuss what your child saw, heard, and learned. Suggested activities are included at the end of the video.
A list of great science experiments with instructions that you can do right at home with your parent's permission.
Cleaning Pennies with Vinegar
Chicken Sounds from a Cup
PBS Kids Pre-K Science
YouTube for Kids
Library filled with family-friendly videos on all different topics.
Engineering with Jelly Beans
This activity can help children start to understand the thought, design and technology behind structural engineering.
Building a Balance Scale
Ask questions like, “How many LEGOs does this toy car weigh?” as children compare items.
Building a Hand Crank Winch
Engineering. The concept of the winch is a helps to build an early sense of how people build with simple machines like pulleys.
Coding a Lego Maze
Children can begin to learn the basics of coding.
Connecting STEM activities to real world problems.
Cloud in a Jar
Two methods for making a cloud in a jar with your child.
This lesson teaches color theory, capillary action, the scientific method, and engineering.
The STEM Laboratory
STEM activities that explore the basics of STEM for early learners.
Pool Noodle Engineering Wall
The wall becomes a place for children to design, play, and learn about the basics of engineering.
Children explore basic STEM principles through play.
The Cat in the Hat Build That
This app introduces pre-k kids to science inquiry and engineering (STEM) concepts through games tailored to their learning progress.
Geology for Kids
60 Seconds of Science
A series of 1 minute video shorts that encourage children's growth, self-confidence, problem solving skills, literacy and cognitive development through open ended hands-on exploration with familiar materials.
Fishbowl Color Matching
As the weather warms up, explore nature activities and make nature crafts outdoors.
Virtual reality dives highlighting habitats, animals, and cultural resources found in different national marine sanctuaries
Build different shapes or structures using marshmallows and toothpicks.