Screen Free Coding for Preschoolers using Easter Peeps makes for a fun Preschool Coding Activity. Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math for Preschool STEAM Activities.
Preschool Coding Activity
It’s only a couple of weeks until Easter and so we’ve been doing all of the fun holiday STEAM activities for preschoolers! We’ve made floating peep boats and experimented with our peep boats floating and sinking. Since we’ve had so many extra peeps laying around we also experimented with a little peeps science project using different liquids and dissolving peeps! I mean if you aren’t going to eat all of the peeps we might as well experiment with them, right?!?! Now onto some Easter peeps screen free coding activity!!
Materials Needed for the Easter Peep Coding Activity
- Peeps (one peep per color of paint is needed)
- Card Stock Paper
- Colored Washable Paints
- Paper Plate
- Wipes handy for those messes that will happen!
- Cookie Sheet to paint on – helps eliminate messes!
How to do the Preschool Coding Activity
- Let your preschooler choose 2-4 colors of paint. (If they are indecisive of course you as the teacher/parent take lead!!)
- Explain to them that the peep is our “stamp”. Using the peep to create a pattern on our paper.
- Each peep was assigned it’s own color so we aren’t “double dipping” in our paint colors!
- Talk through patterns, talk about colors, talk about sequences. Using this time of talking to build into the next step of hands on coding.
- Once you establish the pattern/sequence let them stamp that pattern of colors onto their paper. We started with a super simple pattern of using two colors and creating the coding pattern. Once she understood what we were doing we then tried a harder one the next time! It’s amazing what these preschoolers minds can comprehend, recognize and process.
What is Preschool Coding?
Coding (or programming) is a basic language of the digital age. It involves the process of creating step-by-step instructions a computer understands and needs in order for its programs to work. Coding can be learned with screen free activities even as young as preschool age. There are many learning activities preschool children already engage in that relate to coding. ( as stated by the naeyc)
What is Coding and Why is it Important?
Coding helps children with communication, creativity, math,writing, and confidence. Coding is another language and having children communicate and think logically through these activities increases an understanding of the world around them. Here are five reasons coding is important for young minds – continue reading here.
We are a husband and wife team, pairing our strengths together to teach our preschooler in the most fun and engaging way we possibly can. The mister is a high school educator at Northlake Christian school in Covington Louisiana and over the Innovation Center, which is all things STEAM. I am a SAHM that blogs pretty much everything we do in our little paradise, from what we eat, to where we travel to how we teach our little one. We hope you are inspired to incorporate STEAM into learning with your children.