Explore logic and reasoning, engineering, and fine motor skills with your preschoolers and kindergartners using this quick and easy Nature STEAM activity. Don’t forget to add this engaging and hands-on idea to your list of STEAM activities for your next preschool art or nature theme. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it!
I’m so excited to share today’s STEAM investigation with you. If you’ve been following along with us, then you know we just started our art studio preschool theme. Today we’re learning about architecture and discussing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, and more.
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We’re practicing our engineering skills while answering the question, What types of buildings are made of wood? And of course, we’re exploring all things construction in the process.
Investigation & Inquiry, Logic & Reasoning
- Sort various nature items into bowls. Set out trays and playdough. Encourage children to construct any desired building with the materials. If desired, display photos of buildings to inspire children.
- What buildings do you see on your way to school?
- How can you create a sturdy building?
- Can you tell me about your building?
- Would you want to be someone who constructs buildings?
- Does the child notice changes that occur during construction and apply that knowledge to new exploration?
We used a variety of nature items including sticks, quartz pieces, stones, and wood slices. You could also add pinecones, leaves, or seashells. The possibilities are endless with open-ended engineering activities like this nature-inspired STEAM for kids.
Your preschoolers will have a wonderful time using nature items to explore architecture while practicing lots of important early learning skills in a fun and meaningful way with this nature STEAM activity.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Art Studio preschool theme from Experience Preschool!