Pre-Kindergarten STEM Activities

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Night Light

Night Light

Observe how objects can be seen in dark spaces with low levels of light and how light interacts with different materials.

Night Light Game

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

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

Outdoor Family Fun

National Geographic curated list of activities.

National Geographic Explorer Classroom

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

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

Superheroes Learning Lab Collection

See, Think, and Wonder with videos and ideas in this Smithsonian Learninng Lab Collection.

The Doctor Is In

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

San Diego Zoo LIVE CAMS

Watch polar bears, penguins, and pandas along with other animals live on camera!

The Field Museum

The Field Museum

Take a virtual field trip to the Field Museum in Chicago!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.

Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo

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.

Science Bob

Science Bob

A list of great science experiments with instructions that you can do right at home with your parent's permission.

Cleaning Pennies with Vinegar

Cleaning Pennies with Vinegar

Chicken Sounds from a Cup

Chicken Sounds from a Cup

Making Slime

Making Slime

PBS Kids Pre-K Science

PBS Kids Pre-K Science

YouTube for Kids

YouTube for Kids

Library filled with family-friendly videos on all different topics.

Engineering with Jelly Beans

Engineering with Jelly Beans

This activity can help children start to understand the thought, design and technology behind structural engineering.

Magnetic Slime

Magnetic Slime

Building a Balance Scale

Building a Balance Scale

Ask questions like, “How many LEGOs does this toy car weigh?” as children compare items.

Building a Hand Crank Winch

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.

Crystal Suncatchers

Crystal Suncatchers

Coding a Lego Maze

Coding a Lego Maze

Children can begin to learn the basics of coding.

Oil Spill!

Oil Spill!

Connecting STEM activities to real world problems.

Cloud in a Jar

Cloud in a Jar

Two methods for making a cloud in a jar with your child.

Walking Rainbow

Walking Rainbow

This lesson teaches color theory, capillary action, the scientific method, and engineering.

The STEM Laboratory

The STEM Laboratory

STEM activities that explore the basics of STEM for early learners.

Pool Noodle Engineering Wall

Pool Noodle Engineering Wall

The wall becomes a place for children to design, play, and learn about the basics of engineering.

STEM activities

STEM activities

Children explore basic STEM principles through play.

The Cat in the Hat Build That

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

Geology for Kids

Bubble Prints

Bubble Prints

60 Seconds of Science

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

Fishbowl Color Matching

Nature Activities

Nature Activities

As the weather warms up, explore nature activities and make nature crafts outdoors.

Virtual Dives

Virtual Dives

Virtual reality dives highlighting habitats, animals, and cultural resources found in different national marine sanctuaries

Constructing Shapes

Constructing Shapes

Build different shapes or structures using marshmallows and toothpicks.

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