Friday, May 20, 2016

Fun STEM Challenges in the Block Center for Preschool and Kindergarten

Easy Engineering and Math Challenges for Preschoolers

Preschool engineering, math and art are at play here for some awesome STEM challenges and kids' creative solutions. The variety of materials to explore, including some environmental print, pretend play ideas, or a giant small world - these STEM challenges are fun for kids.


Creative Block Center

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Add Wooden Clothespins and Craft Sticks to the Block Center from Frugal Fun for Boys. I love the engineering challenges and fine motor aspects of these activities.

Cubes and Craft Sticks Engineering from My Bright Firefly. The challenges progress from the easiest with 3 cubes to the little more complex. Some free play at the end was very inspired and creative!

Mail Delivery Pretend Play Quick Set Up from My Bright Firefly. Craft sticks, triangles, and numbers helped us with our mail delivering services.

Add Traffic Signs for a Print Rich Environment from Pre-K Pages. A free printable set, craft sticks, and a pool noodle - kids will love having traffic signs at the block center.

Free Magnetic Tile Printables from Totschooling.


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The Power of Magnets in the Block Center from The Science Kiddo. Make a magnet powered card and explore the properties of magnets hands-on.

Dinosaurs, Rocks, and Numbers on the Mirror from My Bright Firefly. The mirror reflections of the objects and light enhances child's play and motivates to go through some fun engineering and math challenges.

Reggio Inspired: A Pet Store Dramatic Play Easy Set up from Twodaloo. A variety of materials at hand enhances experimenting and creativity.

Add a Structures Book to the Block Center from Fun-a-Day. This Book of Famous Structures is a wonderful idea for the block center!

An Oversized Cardboard Box for the Small World Set up from The Imagination Tree. Kids will love playing and improving their giant small world play scene!

Train Station Dramatic Play: Lego Duplo Counting Games from Inspiration Laboratories. Help kids with the planning stages - they will love creating this fun Train Station Dramatic Play Simple Set up.


Preschool Engineering

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Race down the Ramp Filled with Labyrinths and Tunnels from What Do We Do All Day. Kids will love setting up obstacle courses for their race cars (and exploring some physics hands-on).

Engineering a Colorful Creepy Castle Using Foam Blocks from My Bright Firefly. Engineering and Art come together for some fun castle play.

Construction Playing with Play Dough and Blocks from Learn with Play at Home. Play concrete (play dough colored grey) was used for some creative engineering and building.

Geometric Solids: Engineering in Action from My Bright Firefly. Explore the properties of geometric solids through several fun challenges.

Shapes and Bridges with Mini Cups and Craft Sticks from Handmade Kids Art. How high can you build your structure?... and other fun engineering challenges.

Ball and Magna Tiles Challenges: the Relative Position from Growing Book by Book. Describe and problem solve while learning prepositions.

Engineering and Math Games and Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten: Fun STEM challenges in the creative block center are beneficial to the little ones on so many levels. We are always on a hunt for some awesome play ideas!


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