Think OUTSIDE! Simple STEM Activities

Orchards are planted in different patterns with different spacing. Show the children real pictures of orchards taken from aerial views.

1.Use cut-out shapes or pictures of vegetables that the children can paste on paper in rows and patterns to make their own orchards.

2. Be an engineer using grapes and toothpicks. Alone or in groups, create the tallest structure you can. Discuss the differences. Take apart and eat your creation.

3. Plant a seed and mark each phase of growth on your calendar from bean sprout, to stem, to leaf, etc. How long did it take to grow?

4. Scatter fake food across a desk. Work in a groups to find creative ways to move the food. Supplies to use for moving could be things like yarn, string, popsicle sticks, tape, and pencils - but the children are not allowed to touch the food with their hands. Have the children share their ideas with each other.

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