Inside: 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.
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.
Today I’m sharing our most recent STEAM activity centered around St. Patrick’s Day. 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 a box of Lucky Charms.
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 activity is only preparing them for the next step in learning to code. This activity has all to do with screen free coding and is the first step for preschoolers in the world of coding.
If you are new to the idea of STEAM Activities for Kids 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.
Screen Free Coding for Preschoolers
What you need:
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 different marshmallows.
3- Talk about the different colors and shapes as they are sorting.
4- Let them begin to sequence and pattern on their printable, matching the marshmallows.
5- If you choose to use the graph printable, be sure to count and maximize the lesson on greatest to least concept.
Remember the entire process with STEAM is so vital and important.
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.
The Atlas Mission shares additional preschool coding activities that might interest you as well.
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.