Fall STEAM Ideas for Preschool Parents

The warm temperatures have departed, the leaves are falling, and everywhere you turn you see the signs of the changing seasons. Before we know it, winter will be upon us. Before that happens take some time to explore fall science through some fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) challenges!

Kaleidoscope


Supplies:

  • Tube
  • Tissue paper
  • Contact paper

STEAM Connection:

  • Science: Effects of Light; Color Mixing
  • Engineering: Putting two pieces together
  • Math: Counting the colors you see

Sweeping Leaves

Supplies:

  • Real leaves
  • Broom
  • Fan (hand-held fan for younger children)

STEAM Connection:

  • Science: Using natural resources; wind
  • Technology: Broom, fan
  • Math: Sort leaves by color, shape or size

Touch of Fall Guess Bag


Supplies:

  • Fall items
  • Brown bags
  • Tongs

STEAM Connection:

  • Science: Using natural resources; textures – Take a nature walk and collect fall items or explore with magnifying glasses
  • Technology: Tongs
  • Math: Counting the items; sorting and grouping items

Recycled/Natural Materials Self Portrait


Supplies:

  • Mirror
  • Paper
  • Recycled materials

STEAM Connection:

  • Science: Reflection, facial features
  • Technology: Mirrors
  • Engineering: Creating a face
  • Art: Creating 3-D art

Five Little Pumpkins

Supplies:

  • Five pumpkins
  • Variety of building materials – paper towel rolls, popsicle sticks, clothes pins, unifix cubes, etc

STEAM Connection:

  • Science: How do pumpkins grow? Stages of growth; What’s inside a pumpkin?
  • Math: How much do pumpkins weigh? Size order – smallest to largest, tallest to shortest
  • Engineering: Pose the challenge – Using the materials that we have, how can we create a structure to support these 5 little pumpkins?

Candy Tower


Supplies:

  • Any fall candy (gummy pumpkins, marshmallow pumpkins, candy corn, etc
  • Toothpicks

STEAM Connection:

  • Engineering: Tell your child he or she has been chosen to create a centerpiece for a party. Create the
    tallest tower that will stand on its own!
  • Math: Count how many pieces of candy and toothpicks were used to make the tower