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STEM activities for youngsters

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Kids are never too little to begin learning about the physical world around them. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) information is available to all ages.

Start them off in a fun way with an awesome STEM activity from playdoughtoplato.com.

Magic Pipe Cleaners:

Use an empty clear plastic box or water bottle. Fill it with colorful pipe cleaners that you have cut into one-inch pieces. Tape the box closed, if necessary, or screw the cap back on the water bottle to make sure the pipe cleaners don’t fall out. Using a hot glue gun, glue a small refrigerator magnet to a wide tongue depressor, with the magnet side up. Have your youngster take the depressor and hold the magnet side against the box or bottle, dragging it around the outside, from bottom to top. The pipe cleaners will be attracted to the magnet and will move around the inside of the box or bottle. Explain the science behind the “magic” pipe cleaners, pointing out that magnets attract specific types of metal. Point out that the pipe cleaners have a thin strip of metal in the center.

Santa’s Toy Chute:

Preschoolsteam.com offers an experiment that teaches little ones science, technology, engineering and math all in one when they engineer their own toy chute.

Take an empty cardboard wrapping paper tube and tape it to the wall at an angle pointing down to the floor. Use painter’s tape (easily removable.) Choose a number of different small toys. Have your youngster test which ones fit inside the tube, allowing them to drop through the tube. Reposition the tube at different angles to see if the toys drop slower or faster. Place a small gift box at the bottom of the tube so your youngster can see how many toys it takes to fill the box.

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