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Whether it’s indoors or out in the backyard, there’s an at home STEM activity for every little explorer.
A fun STEM-based activity to try at home with your little one is recreating photographs.
Create a scene using a small number of household objects. This can be inside or outside the home, for example, in the garden or on the balcony. It is important to use easily moveable objects since your little one will need to move the objects to recreate the scene.
Using a mobile device or camera, take a photograph of the scene and then shuffle the objects or move the objects into a group. Some ideas for this include:
• Pegs or clothes on the clothesline
• Rocks in the garden
• Pot plants that can be moved
• Pets’ bedding or food bowls
Your little one can then view the photograph and use the objects to recreate the scene from the image.
Encourage your little ones to describe what they are doing as they recreate the scene or ask them questions about the placement of certain objects, for example, “Where did you put the small red rock?” and “Tell me why you put the blue peg there”.
As a more challenging activity, children can be shown the photo and then try to recreate the arrangement of the objects from memory. This will likely mean using photos of fewer objects.
If there are more than two children at home, have one child take the photograph. They can then use descriptive language, including describing the location of objects, to instruct the other child where to place objects to recreate the photograph. For instance, they could direct their friend/sibling to move the red pot behind the rock or the yellow peg should be next to the blue peg.
Describing the location and arrangement of objects is an important STEM skill to develop. It helps children develop language associated with positioning of objects such as “next to,” “behind” and “in front”. The challenge activity will help children develop visual representations of space, where they can visually remember the position and arrangement of the objects in the scene. Families can model the language and representations for children and encourage reasoning and description through thoughtful questions.
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