St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday! No pressure to do anything big, which after Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day is very nice. We don’t really do much of anything to celebrate, to be honest. I try to get the kids to wear green. Maybe I’ll make some green food. But really that is it. One easy way to theme out? STEM activities! There is no need to get crazy with it. Simple and quick activities can be a ton of fun and bring some holiday spirit into your day. Here are some fast and easy St. Patrick’s Day STEM for toddlers and preschoolers.
- Food Coloring
- Paper Towel or Coffee Filters
Fill two cups halfway with water. Add different color food coloring to each cup. (You want colors that will mix well. Think red in one, blue in the other. Red/Yellow and Yellow/Blue are good choices too.) Cut two thin strips of paper towel. Place one end into one colored cup with the other end in an empty cup. Do the same with the other color. Now you wait! The water will climb up the paper towel and go into the empty cup. The water will walk into the new cup from both full cups and the colors will mix! This is a good one to set up in the morning or at lunchtime and forget about until dinner.
- Pennies (or other coins)
- A large container of water
Have your child shape the foil into a boat. Then place it in the water and see how many pennies you can pile onto it before the boat sinks. You can try all different shapes and styles of boats. If you have young toddlers that aren’t quite ready to make boats out of foil you can use Tupperware containers and run the same experiments.
Green Rainbow Climb
- Celery stalks (with the leaves still attached)
- Food coloring
Take a celery stalk and cut it in half lengthwise only going halfway up the stalk. Fill two cups with water and put different color food coloring into each cup. (Again, think colors that mix well. Blue/Red make the clearest results.) Put one half of the celery into one cup and the other into the second color. Then wait! The celery will pull up the water and you will be able to see the colors as they climb the stalks. Once they reach the leaves they will mix. Blue/Red is the easiest to see, but Yellow/Blue brings a brighter green to the edges of the leaves.
Lucky Charm Stacks
- Lucky Charms
- A flat surface
Confession: You can do this with any cereal. But we never buy this type of sugary fun cereal so I liked the excuse to do so. Have your child try to stack the cereal as high as they can. Do the marshmallows stack better than the regular pieces? What if you stack them both together? This is a good practice in balance, spatial relation, and an introduction to engineering. And you can eat the marshmallows too. Yum!
These are four fast, easy, and fun learning activities you need very little preparation to do. They can all be done in less than ten minutes but can go on as long as your child is interested. My son gets into the challenges of these activities at 4 years old, while his two-year-old sisters just enjoy the playing around part. Anything I can get the whole family involved in is a good thing. Happy Sciencing!
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