Explore physical science and fine motor skills with your preschoolers using this Lake STEAM activity. Don’t forget to add this quick and easy idea to your list of STEAM activities for your next spring preschool theme. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it!
This week, our topic is On the River and we’ve been learning all about swimming, fishing, and more. For today’s Investigation Station, we answered the question, “What is at the bottom of a lake?”
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This was such a wonderful activity and perfect for a wide range of ages. Both the little guy and baby girl had a great time experimenting with this engaging and hands-on STEAM activity and of course, learning all about lakes in the process.
- Set out clear containers with lids and a variety of nature items (sand, rocks, leaves). Encourage children to put the nature items into the containers. Fill containers with water and close tightly with a lid. Shake the containers then watch what happens.
- What do you think is at the bottom of a lake?
- What happens when you shake the container?
- Where do the nature items go?
- What happens when there is a storm on a lake?
Not only was this lake activity perfect for encouraging creative thinking and problem-solving but it was also such a fun way to work on practicing important fine motor skills.
Each kiddo was given a tray with a variety of nature items, a small dish of water, and an eyedropper to design their own lake. When they were finished, they filled their containers with water using an eyedropper.
After that, they closed the containers tightly and experimented with what happened when they shook them. Today’s Lake STEAM was a great real-life demonstration of what is at the bottom of a lake as well as what happens when there is a storm on a lake.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Bubbles, Boats, and Floats preschool theme from Experience Preschool!