Inside: 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.
I’m a firm believer in letting my preschooler explore and learn through hands on activities. I find myself drawn more towards the screen free activities as she is so young and I truly feel like the manipulative only strengthen her fine motor skills.
Easy Coding for Preschoolers
Today I’m sharing our most recent STEAM activity for preschoolers centered around Easter and Jelly beans. For you moms or preschool teachers this is an easy activity to plan and prep for. I’m all about easy for us…plus it only requires the FREE Printable I’m sharing with you along with jelly beans.
I went Live over on my Facebook page when we started this activity and I really keyed in on the fact you have to let your little three and four year old preschoolers explore the materials first. If you don’t let them explore you will frustrate them as well as yourself…giving them the time to explore then allows them to engage strongly in the activity. It’s a very healthy way to start an activity, otherwise they are too excited, won’t listen and everyone ends up frustrated!
Remember the entire process with STEAM is so vital and important. If you are new to the idea of STEAM Activities for Kids and the process please be sure to hop over to my article on Everything You Need to Know about STEAM. Here I try to go in depth on why STEAM is important in Early Childhood Education.
- Investigate – what I just talked about in letting them explore the materials which leads to #2.
You may wonder how preschoolers can learn coding at such a young age, you have to start somewhere, right? Yes, coding has all to do with one day coding for computers – but this preschool activity is only preparing them for the next step in learning to code. This screen free activity has all to do with coding and is the first step for preschoolers in the world of coding with graphing and sequence patterns.
Screen Free Coding for Preschoolers
CODING FOR PRESCHOOLERS
What you need:
Free Easter Graph Printable
Free Printable for Sequence Coding for 3-5 Year Olds
Free Printable for Sequence Coding for 2-4 Year Olds
Jelly Beans ( I used Brach’s only because those are the colors I used on my printable so they can match!!)
HOW TO CODE FOR PRESCHOOLERS
1- Laminate: I always laminate my printables first, so this way we can use them over and over…with easy clean up if need be.
2- Have your preschooler sort all of the colors in the jelly bean bag.
3- Talk about the different colors as you are sorting.
4- Let them begin to sequence and pattern on their printable, matching the colors.
5- If you choose to use the graph printable, be sure to count and maximize the lesson on greatest to least concept.
Be sure to visit our page for more STEAM Activities for Preschoolers. There are engineering activities for preschoolers, coding, math for preschoolers, art and science activities.
Coding for Preschoolers – FREE Printable
How to Build a Snowflake – Steam Activities for Preschoolers
Check out Preschool Steam and her article on using the Fisher Price Code-a-pillar as a great preschool coding toy.
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.
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