Steam Activities for preschoolers are the rage at our house these days. Learn about preschool STEAM activities which includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math into your preschool curriculum.
STEAM or STEM
It’s all the buzz words in our education world these days. Having STEAM Kids that are well rounded and focused on hands on projects will encourage a natural curiosity which leads to a natural creativity.
It certainly is NOT a bad word either. I think it’s a way to revolutionize the way we teach our children to think and do.
Many of you know that my husband is an educator. He teaches in the upper school at a private Christian school in Covington, LA. He loves it. He has gone from teaching physics to being over the Innovation Center, which in essence is putting STEAM into action for the high school students. To say he loves it is an understatement.
All of that to say I hear these terms of STEAM and STEM quite often in our conversations…I pick his brain from time to time on what it really is and how we can begin even now to incorporate it into preschool STEAM projects for our little one. You can see our list of activities growing here –> STEAM Activities for Preschoolers.
Giving you a better experience on our website I’m going to break down the activities here into each category so you can easily find activities you are looking for – just tap the link on the category to jump ahead to the section that interests you most–> STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math .
Preschool Nature Scavenger Hunt – Preschool Nature Scavenger Hunt engaging your preschooler in a fun and easy STEAM activity. Using colors to match nature for a clever outdoor camping activity.
Water & Ice Science Experiment – Through this Water & Ice Preschool Science Experiment let the early learner engage and have fun while learning through easy hands on science experiments.
Preschool Science Weather Activity – This is a FUN Preschool cloud science experiment for a weather unit! This preschool science weather activity is all about rain clouds, science, weather and experimenting!
Coffee Filter Science – We had a blast with this super easy coffee filter science experiment – the perfect science experiment for toddlers, preschoolers or kindergartners! So many aspects can be taught through this very simple science experiment for kids.
Mother’s Day Science Activity – We took the above coffee filter science and created a fun Mother’s Day gift from this science activity!
Preschool Science Snowflake Project – Making snow flakes with this very simple science experiment for kids was perfect for winter and Christmas time!
Sprout House Science Project – Have fun growing sprouts on a sponge with our step by step Sprout House Science Project for Preschoolers. This sprout house craft is a full tutorial on how to make a sprout house with sponges while exploring the science of sprouting seeds
How to Make Butter – Simple Science Project Learn How to Make Butter Simple Science for Preschoolers – Last week we were making butter in a jar with marbles all while my little preschoolers were having the time of their life with this STEAM activity. Food + Science = Fun!
Easy Science Experiment Ice Cube Painting – Ice cube painting is an Easy Science Experiment for preschoolers. This STEAM Activity for preschoolers will engage preschoolers in a hands on water activity around teaching how water freezes, what water looks like when in its frozen state as well as liquid state.
Gardening for Preschoolers – Gardening for Preschoolers has so many gardening benefits in early childhood development. Today I’m sharing ideas on planting seeds with preschoolers and gardening projects for preschoolers. When you spend time gardening with your kids not only do they benefit but so do you as a preschool teacher or parent.
Cleaning Pennies Science for Preschoolers – This penny cleaning science project was so fun and easy. SCIENCE for Preschoolers – Cleaning Pennies steps you through how to clean pennies as a science project or experiment to engage your preschoolers in a hands on science activity.
Kids Nature Scavenger Hunt + FREE Printable – If you are looking for a scavenger hunt for kids then this outdoor scavenger hunt will be a great activity for spring, summer, fall or winter! Our nature scavenger hunt printable will aid you in making planning easy. Snag our Kids Nature Scavenger Hunt – Free Printable for a fun time ahead with your kids
Easy Lemon Volcano Science Experiment – This Easy Lemon Volcano Science for Preschoolers is a great STEAM Activities for preschoolers through hands on learning and engaging. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math together make hands on learning fun.
Unicorn Slime – Showing you how to make unicorn slime – an easy science activity for preschoolers including a how to make slime video. Easy STEAM activity for preschoolers.
Preschool Apple Science – Snag this printable worksheet to teach an easy science lesson on apples. Preschool STEAM Activities encourage hands on learning for early learners and incorporate this science activity into a preschool apple lesson plan.
35+ Preschool Weather Activities – A unit study on weather and science for preschoolers that are STEM and STEAM focused.
Looking for Science to do with Toddlers – here is a great list: Ultimate List of Science Activities for Toddlers
Coding for Preschoolers – Coding for Preschoolers starts with learning screen free coding. Teaching Steam Activities for Preschoolers enhances their sensory skills as well as enables learning through thinking and problem solving skills. This is just the beginning and basics of coding for kids.
Screen Free Coding Activity + Free Printable – Teach your preschooler the beginning steps to coding and graphing through this screen free coding steam activity. Engage their minds in creativity, problem solving and math through this St. Patrick’s Day activity and free printable.
Forget Computers Easy Coding for Preschoolers – Teach easy coding for preschoolers as the beginning steps to coding through this screen free coding activity. Coding for preschoolers starts with simple graphs and sequencing. Engage their minds in creativity, problem solving and math through the Easter STEAM activity and free printable.
Earthworm Screen Free Coding – Teach easy screen free coding for preschoolers as the beginning steps to coding through this free printable earthworm activity sheets. Coding activities without a computer starts with simple sequencing while engaging their minds in creativity, problem solving and math.
Seashell Screen Free Coding + FREE Printable – Search for Seashells at the beach, then print off this free seashell printable for a fun seashell activity. Teach seashell screen free coding for preschoolers through this easy activity that can also duel as an easy shell craft while painting seashells.
DIY How to Make a Bubble Wand – Preschoolers will learn engineering and screen free coding through this STEAM Activity for Preschoolers while learning how to make a bubble wand.
More –> 29+ Screen Free Activities + FREE Printable
How to teach Engineering to Preschoolers isn’t near as complex as it may seem. It’s actually quite simple when thought through and broken down into basic steps and ideas! Engineering is the process by which young children discover how the things in their world are built and how they work. Whether it is building a block tower or it is exploring a simple pendulum, engineering for kids is a natural part of everyday, early learning.
Building and Engineering a Snowflake – Winter STEAM activities are fun and this STEAM Preschool Activity: Building a Snowflake is no exception. Use this STEAM Activity for a snowflake stem challenge or a winter stem themed activity. All ages will enjoy this activity from preschoolers, middle school and elementary students.
Engineering an “H” – This is a easy preschool Engineering Valentines Day Activity that requires little prep and is lots of fun for your preschoolers. Engineering the letter H with hearts and more!
Building Marshmallow Shapes – Teach preschoolers the basics of engineering through Building Marshmallow Towers with toothpicks, marshmallows and a free printable. Steam activities for preschoolers encourages engineering for kids through building marshmallow towers and shapes.
Binoculars Engineering Activity – Building Binoculars is an easy engineering activity for preschoolers. These DIY toilet paper roll binoculars are simple and easy prep. A great STEAM Activity for Preschoolers with an emphasis on Engineering.
Engineering Apple Towers – I’ve got a lesson plan centered around the letter A for preschoolers that includes a Science Activity, Technology Lesson, Engineering (hence you are here!) Art and Math lesson! Use this as a resource for your teaching classroom or at home use for homeschooling!
Engineering Alphabet Towers – A fun and engaging Engineering Preschool Activities –> An alphabet STEAM Activity to teach preschoolers engineering, abc’s and problem solving skills in early childhood education.
Build a Bird Feeder – This Preschool Engineering project, building a bird feeder, is fun and enhances early education learning through exploration. Give your young minds materials to engineer and build with, as we learn through this preschool engineering project . We are firm believers of STEAM activities for preschoolers so you can brighten the future of our little ones world.
Engineer and Build a Rain Gauge– Teach them to build a rain gauge using recycled household items, teach them what a rain gauge is and how a rain gauge works. As a simple science weather project your preschoolers will engage and learn so much.
Cheerio Towers – This is a simple and easy preschool engineering project that every single preschooler will love. Let’s face it I’ve yet to meet a toddler or preschooler who doesn’t like play-doh and so any activity paired with play-doh is a win!
16 + Engineering Activities for Preschoolers – Sharing some great activities with you all to encourage engineering for kids and problem solving for your preschoolers.
Leaf People – Fun Preschool Nature Craft – Going on a nature walk? Make Leaf People a nature inspired craft that is perfect for camping activities.This is a great project that encourages creativity in the mind of your preschooler.
Leaf Rubbing Science Art – Do you like to spend time outdoors exploring creation? It’s a perfect time to introduce this simple STEAM activity for preschoolers around the concept of Science. What is leaf rubbing? Leaf Rubbing Science & Art project can be for any age while you teach simple science concepts. We also have FREE leaf rubbing worksheets you can print!
Mother’s Day Directed Drawing + FREE Printable – A Mothers Day Directed Drawing STEAM Activity for preschoolers. Get your FREE Printable and create a handmade Mother’s Day craft that preschoolers can make. This easy mother’s day craft can be made in the classroom or preschoolers can make it at home. Directed Drawing activities enhance listening skills and life skills.
Ultimate Guide to Rock Painting for Preschoolers – Rock Painting for Preschoolers is a simple rock craft idea and is a great way to encourage creativity. Here you will find the best paint for painting rocks and simple rock painting ideas.
Seashell Painting for Preschoolers –Search for Seashells at the beach then enjoy an easy shell craft for preschoolers while painting seashells. Seashell Painting for Preschoolers is a fun steam activity that encourages learning through fun. Painting seashells as a craft is hand painted art that you and your preschooler will love.
Painting with Nature – Painting with Nature is a great sensory and steam activity for preschoolers that sparks a natural curiosity. Painting with nature items is an easy and fun nature art project. Using inspiration from the outside world while nature painting with preschoolers opens their up their minds to God’s creation through art
Father’s Day Directed Drawing + FREE Printable – A Fathers Day Directed Drawing STEAM Activity for preschoolers. Get your FREE Printable and create a handmade Father’s Day craft that preschoolers can make. This easy father’s day craft can be made in the classroom or preschoolers can make it at home. Directed Drawing activities enhance listening skills and life skills.
Outdoor Learning Activities – Nature Art – Get the kids outdoors and engaged with what they find along the way with this art activity! As your preschooler makes this craft, they’ll be developing gross and fine motor skills, collaborative working, and communication skills to name just a few.
Spinner Math Activities – Are you looking for fun and engaging Math Activities for Preschoolers? Help them problem solve, count and have fun learning through this STEAM Activity for Preschoolers.
Donut Math – We had a fun time doing this math activity at home but I included a preschool math activity printable for you to incorporate into your lesson plan. Make it the perfect National Donut Day Math Activities for Preschoolers
Telling Time for Preschoolers – Our Telling Time for Preschoolers activity is a hands on STEAM activity for preschoolers that encourages recognition of numbers and telling time. Learn how to tell time on a clock with an activity, reading a book and telling time video as a unit study for preschoolers learning to tell time.
Paperclip Math – Use some tactile learning to start your child off with some math basics. This craft is adjustable depending on your child’s mathematic level, which makes it a fun craft to do with any age!
Throughout the year we’ll also focus on specific holiday themed STEAM projects. Sharing these below, I thought might be easier as you navigate for what you are looking for specifically.
Valentines Day Heart Purse – Create a heart purse for a Preschool Valentines Day Act of Kindness activity. Preschool STEAM activities are our favorite past time and we want to share everything with you.
50+ Valentines Day STEAM Activities – Engage your students in 50+ Valentines Day STEAM and STEM activities all around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
Valentines Day Silly Puppets – Looking for a fun and easy Preschool Valentines Day Craft – these silly heart puppets are easy and entertaining for preschoolers and kindergartners – the perfect Valentines Day Ideas for preschool!
Valentines Day Preschool Math Activity – STEAM activities for preschoolers will engage the learner and be fun. Try this Valentines STEAM Preschool Math Activity with conversation hearts and a math mat.
Fun & Easy Science Experiment – This Fun & Easy Science Experiment for Preschoolers or Kindergarteners is a fun STEAM project for preschoolers that will enhance learning through the STEAM or STEM approach. Using borax crystals for a science project.
Valentines Day Science Experiment – Using conversation hearts and different liquids for this Preschool Valentines Day Science Experiment will engage your preschooler in experimenting and learning.
Floating Peep Boats Science Activity– Grab your peeps and make boats to see if they float or sink. Science activities for kids evoke thought and hands on learning for preschoolers as they explore Easter science peep boats. This simple science activity for preschoolers is sure to be filled with fun but ultimately learning through the STEAM process.
How to Dye Easter Eggs with Shaving Cream – How to Dye Easter Eggs with Shaving cream is fun, easy and educational. Your preschooler can learn simple science through shaving cream easter eggs while being creative through this science activity and having fun while learning and experimenting.
How to Make Easter Egg Maracas – This tutorial will show you how to engineer and build maracas with your preschoolers. How to make Easter Egg Maracas with your preschoolers using easter eggs while learning to make a musical instrument. Be sure to watch our step by step video at the end! Be sure to read at the end about the musical game we played and loved.
Easter Cross Directed Drawing – If you are looking for a STEAM activity for your kids during the spring and Easter season, this is a fun and engaging activity for preschoolers and even toddlers. Create a water color Easter cross spring directed drawing picture. With directed drawing as the key element in listening and following directions.
Easter Engineering Activity – Begin Preschool Engineering Projects at a young age so their minds can absorb and learn to problem solve during their early education learning years. Engineering Activities for Preschoolers are fun and full of skills that encompass learning and life skills all while engaging in the ability to build and create.
Easter STEAM Activity – A fun and easy bunny craft for preschoolers while learning through STEAM education for preschoolers. This Easter STEAM activity for preschoolers is hands on and engaging.
Easter Engineering Preschool Activity – This is an Easy STEM activity for preschoolers. This simple engineering project idea takes minimal prep and clean up. Plastic Easter Eggs and play-doh!
35+ Easter STEAM Activities – 35+ Easter STEAM Activities for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners. Holiday themed Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities for preschool learning. STEM activities for kids.
Easter Peeps Preschool Coding Activity – 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.
6 Preschool Easter Egg Math Activities – Engage your little ones in these fun and hands-on 6 Preschool Easter Egg Math Games – DIY Number recognition game, number matching game and spinner math game.
Painting with Plastic Easter Eggs – Excellent Easter STEAM Activity for toddlers and preschoolers. This simple Easter craft includes plastic Easter eggs, paint and paper! Painting with Plastic Easter Eggs is a blast!
Easy Peeps Science Experiment – Kids will love this Spring Science Activity! It’s an Easy Peeps Science Experiment all about dissolving peeps and having fun!
Sharpie Tie Dye Easter Eggs – Easter Eggs Coloring with Tie Dye Easter Eggs using Sharpies and Rubbing Alcohol. This Science process is really fun – while we had to predict and observe this unique Easter Egg dying activity!
Mother’s Day STEAM Crafts and Gifts
Mother’s Day Craft for Preschoolers – Looking for a quick and easy Mother’s Day gift made by your kids? This is a super easy STEAM activity for preschoolers where they can predict and observe as you create science with art! Using science to combine materials, art with their creativity and math with measuring materials.
Mother’s Day STEAM – Science Experiment– We had a blast with this super easy coffee filter science experiment turned Mothers Day STEAM Activity for toddlers – the perfect science experiment for toddlers, preschoolers or kindergartners! We used our final flowers to create a bouquet for a Mothers Day Gift that preschoolers can do.
Mothers Day Directed Drawing Art + Free Printable – Get your FREE Printable and create a handmade Mother’s Day craft that preschoolers can make. This easy mother’s day craft can be made in the classroom or preschoolers can make it at home. Directed Drawing activities enhance listening skills and life skills.
Easy Science Experiment – Painting with Ice Cubes– Ice cube painting is an Easy Science Experiment for preschoolers. This STEAM Activity for preschoolers will engage preschoolers in a hands on water activity around teaching how water freezes, what water looks like when in its frozen state as well as liquid state.
Seashell Painting – Search for Seashells at the beach then enjoy an easy shell craft for preschoolers while painting seashells. Seashell Painting for Preschoolers is a fun steam activity that encourages learning through fun. Painting seashells as a craft is hand painted art that you and your preschooler will love.
Seashell Coding – Search for Seashells at the beach, then print off this free seashell printable for a fun seashell activity. Teach seashell screen free coding for preschoolers through this easy activity that can also duel as an easy shell craft while painting seashells
Fourth of July Activities for Toddlers – Give the small ones something to do while everyone else is enjoying the fireworks outside. In fact, you can bring the fireworks to them using this STEAM craft!
30 Fine and Gross Motor Skills Developed Outside – Get the kids outside this summer with these 30 fine and gross motor skills! Learn the importance of each of these skills for your child’s development, while they have a blast enjoying the great outdoors.
25 Water Activities for Preschoolers – Continuing the theme of spending time outside this summer, these 25 water water activities are a perfect way for your kids a way to cool off and learn a little STEM at the same time!
9 Rainy Day Activities for Kids – It’s summer and those storms are going to hit. Use one of these activities to keep the kids from bouncing off the walls while they’re stuck indoors – and teach them one of these STEAM projects at the same time!
Easy Bird Feeder – Besides being eco-friendly, this easy bird feeder is also allergy-friendly. Your child will love making the feeder and watching all the birds come to snack off of it! It’s a great opportunity to encourage nature observation.
Nature Learning Activity – Tree Rubbing – This tree rubbing is a great activity when camping or exploring outdoors. Besides that, it’s a great STEAM activity that gives your child a tactile connection with nature. Sometimes it’s not enough just to see – tree rubbing is a fun way to interact with it directly.
T is for Turkey Art – As we head into November and begin celebrating Thanksgiving I wanted to incorporate some turkey crafts into our Preschool STEAM activities this month. This T is for Turkey Preschool Craft is super easy and fun.
Pumpkin Suncatcher – Try this easy and fun Pumpkin Suncatcher for a perfect fall preschool craft. Learn how to make fall suncatchers with leaves, flowers and autumn nature.
Christmas Fingerprint Tree – Christmas Fingerprint Tree craft is a great STEAM activity for preschoolers to engage in learning through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
Handprint Christmas Wreath – Easy, Fun and engaging Christmas activities are in full swing. Try the Handprint Christmas Wreath as a great STEAM activity for your Preschoolers.
Engineering a Noodle Christmas Ornament – This STEAM Activity for Preschoolers is a fun and engaging Christmas ornament. Engineering a noodle Christmas ornament includes engineering, art and math!
STEAM Preschool Lesson Plans
We’ve done quite a few fun unit studies… so I am sharing each unit study with you below. If you are looking for a specific topic these lesson plans will help guide you for planning for your classroom.
So here as I continue, I am to try to help you understand what these buzz words are all about.
What is STEAM education and Why is it Important?
It’s an acronym for:
Science: Think of it as the resources we have to use as we study the other four parts. Biology (things we can observe and use in nature). Chemistry (describes the material properties of any resource we can find or make). Physics (a way to describe how materials move in relation to each other)
Technology: Don’t think technology as a device (i.e. a phone) it’s a simple thing, like levers and wheels, or anything that you can think of that helps you accomplish a task.
Engineering: Problem Solving aka a process of solving problems.
Arts: Creativity, design, imagination and making the world a better looking place
Math: A language that helps explain the science, technology, engineering or art in the process. (see below for more about the process!)
For the sake of future reference we’ll always refer to it as STEAM – that’s my husbands preference as a teacher as well as mine with teaching a preschooler!
How do you incorporate STEAM Activities?
Find ways to teach your child using hands on learning to build skills and provoking them to think. Think of pairing two of these ideas together in an art, in a learning activity, in a building project, in science or even in counting for little ones.
How do you know if it’s truly a STEAM activity or not?
If you are combining at least two of the above mentions into one learning activity. So make sure you have Art and Math combined…or Engineering and Math. If you can incorporate more that’s wonderful but you need to have at least two of the ways combined to make it a STEAM activity.
Benefits of STEAM Education
What if I’m teaching STEAM activities wrong!?!?! Oh no!
Guess what…there really isn’t a wrong way and that’s a beautiful reminder when teaching your children. In other words, challenge your child to see how tall they can build a tower of alphabet letters. (see our activity here) Some children may go vertical with it, other children may lay it flat – like my little one did. It’s ok. It is about the process of building, designing and creating that is important….now the perfect how it’s done.
How in the world do you do STEAM activities with preschoolers?
I always find our time with a STEAM project to be more successful when I first let her have time to explore on her own. Giving her the materials we’ll be using to explore and experiment first. Once she’s had the time to do this I’ll then introduce the “challenge”
What is the process of STEAM?
For example, I am teaching our preschooler a simple boat challenge, in the context of constructing something that floats and holds toy animals. Here is the process.
- Investigate: Take a look at your materials, ask questions and test. Does this Float? Yes or no? which leads to
- Discover: At this stage you have a list of items that float and items that do not, based upon their material properties (Science connection). Not that you need to explain the connection at this point, but that you are guiding them to observe the differences in the material world around them.
- Connect: Can be made in a number of ways, but try to relate it to some memory that they may have, a day at the lake, Papa’s fishing boat, or in our case a Sunday School story of Noah’s Ark.
- Create: This is sometimes the hardest step to watch as a teacher, because we want to see success on the first try, but remember, building something that floats is not the end goal. Let them try and create on their own. You may have to help with some construction steps, but encourage the result to be their plan or idea.
- Reflect: Here is were you get to discuss your observations. This worked Why? or what caused a leak? Always try to give time to see if they could try again and do it better.
If you can break down these five areas for every activity in your mind as the teacher to help your child or student do each of these steps your process for STEAM will be much more successful.
“STEAM is a way to take the benefits of STEM and complete the package by integrating these principles in and through the arts. ” – I love this simple phrase by Education Closet and their explanation of STEM vs. STEAM!
There are so so so many Crazy Cool STEAM Resources that you can take advantage of in our every growing STEAM education world, it’s super exciting! From books to games, puzzles, toys and more the STEAM world is crazy fun!
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.