Floating Icebergs STEAM for Kids

Encourage creative thinking and problem-solving skills with this Floating Icebergs STEAM for Kids. This science and sensory activity is perfect for your next preschool winter theme or polar bear lesson. You’re definitely going to want to check it out! 

collage of iceberg polar bear activity with text: Floating Icebergs STEAM for KidsI can’t believe we’re just about finished with our winter preschool theme. We’ve had so much fun exploring Ice & Snow, Alpine Tundra, Tundra Animals, and of course Life in the Arctic this month.

blue bear counter on red foam piece in bowl of water
Today we learned all about polar bears and did this wonderful hands-on Floating Icebergs STEAM for Kids. This investigation station activity was a great way to wrap up our arctic preschool theme and apply what we learned. 

child putting bear manipulative on foam puzzle piece in bowl of water
Polar bears live in the Northern Hemisphere. There are polar bears in Canada, Russia, the United States, Greenland, and Norway. They have thick skin, so they don’t get cold. Although they appear white, their fur is actually colorless. Polar bears can grow very large. They eat fish and seals. 

child holding red bear manipulative
We researched why polar bears are endangered as well as why melting icebergs are affecting their ability to hunt. After that, it was time to get started! 

child taking apart foam puzzle pieces
This post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if an item is purchased through one of these links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.

colorful bear counters on interlocking foam puzzle pieces in bowl of water
A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

colorful bear counters, connecting links, and interlocking foam puzzle pieces in a bowl of water

Floating Icebergs STEAM for Kids

Sensory, Science

What you’ll need

  • Connecting Cubes
  • Bins of Water
  • Plastic Lids

Here’s how to do it

  • Set out bins of water and place plastic lids on the water to float.
  • Invite children to explore how many “polar bears” (connecting cubes) can fit on a lid before falling off. 

child using foam puzzle pieces to make pretend icebergs for polar bear STEAM activity
Both kiddos started off with 3 individual foam pieces and worked together to balance the polar bears (bear manipulatives) in the two bowls of water. After a while, the little guy started connecting the foam pieces together to make larger icebergs, which meant being able to fit more polar bears on each of the pretend icebergs. 

colorful bear counters on four interlocking foam puzzle pieces in bowl of water
He of course made the observation that the larger the iceberg, the more polar bears he could fit on it before they started falling off. 

colorful bear counters on four interlocking foam puzzle pieces in bowl of water
As a homeschool mama, I love activities like this one that encourage creative thinking, problem-solving, and of course working together to accomplish a goal.

child picking up bear manipulative
And best of all? The little guy and baby girl can practice important STEAM concepts in a fun and hands-on way with things that we already have around the house. What more could you ask for? 

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our dinosaur theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time)

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

Experience Early Learning Early Childhood Education Verified Blogger badge with owlAs an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, I receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #preschool #homeschool #mgtblogger

Experience Early Learning
| Facebook | Twitter | PinterestInstagram

collage of iceberg polar bear activity with text: Floating Icebergs STEAM for Kids