For our STEAM story time this week, we focused on Valentines day and hearts. Yes, the cutesy pink and purple ones to glue on paper and to give to our beloved family members, but also the blood pumping, hard working muscular kind!
Ms. Debbie chose stories for both kinds of hearts, and we did some serious dancing and singing in between them to get our hearts beating hard. It's so much easier to sit still for a story when you've had a chance to get your wiggles out!
The only difficulty we had with this theme, was limiting the number of activities we had to follow up!
One of our stories was My Heart Is Like a Zoo, by Michael Hall. All the illustrations were of animals made exclusively with heart shapes - so we offered lots and lots of heart shapes, glue, paper and crayons for the children to create with.
this counting activity that I created. The colorful pompons were a hit with the children, but as you can see below, one of our friends improvised with the marshmallows too!
Here's what we thought the marshmallows were for:
stethoscope experience with both homemade and real stethoscopes. Unfortunately, with over 100 people enjoying our story time, we couldn't hear our hearts with the home made stethoscopes - but we did see children enjoying them and pretending to be doctors!
For an engineering element, we had recycled heart building blocks. I found the idea here. This was a lot of fun, but more popular with the few older siblings than the preschoolers.
I mentioned that we did a lot, and had trouble limiting the activities, right? Yes, there were more!
Outside the door to our story time room we added a graphing activity, which I'm hoping to make a regular part of our routine. It asked, "Which activity did you enjoy the most today?" and gave 4 options. I forgot all about the pompon counting and x-ray activities as I was preparing the day before, so those weren't on the graph this time. Still, a lot of our families stopped on the way out and talked about which activities the children enjoyed most, and helped them contribute to the graph. We'll look at it together next time, and talk about what has the most, least, fewest, more than, less than, etc.
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