Hi. I hope everyone is hanging in there in these difficult times. I know from my friends with young kids that entertaining them when they need to work is a difficult task. In my recent Brookes Coffee Chat “STEM Experiences for All Children at Home” I discussed ways to engage children with everyday activities and materials. This was for Brookes Publishing who published our book Engaging Young Engineers: Teaching Problem Solving Skills Through STEM.
Here are some resources for educators and families on this topic:
Additional Resources for Engineering Challenges
Brookes Coffee Chat Presentation
I also made a video with some ideas (cats are in the video):
STEM stuff for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers — https://regentsctr.uni.edu/regents-center/places-teachers-start
Home Safari at the Cincinnati Zoo (3 18-22 minute episodes) you can watch on youtube through your smart TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/CincinnatiZooTube
Georgia aquarium live cams: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=georgia+aquarium+
Pipe cleaners and beads – sometimes we add a colander into the mix too. Adding different sized beads can add another level of interest.
Build a marble or ball run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tMzYKY3jzg