Young children are natural scientists. Educators can encourage scientific behaviors in children ages 0-5 by recognizing natural scientific tendencies and engaging them in developmentally appropriate ways. Approach activities as opportunities for children to investigate their world. Exposure to a scientific phenomenon, concept, or skill is very valuable for a young child, but you shouldn’t expect mastery or be too focused on very specific learning goals. You are providing the stepping-stones to later scientific understanding and skills.
Tips for Interacting with Young Learners
STEM Activities for Young Learners
Exploring Science Practices: Early Explorations
Exploring the Solar System: Story Blocks
Exploring the Solar System: Hide and Seek Moon
Exploring Science Practices: Measure Up
Exploring Earth: Bear’s Shadow
Build a Giant Puzzle!
Exploring Materials - Thin Films
Storytime and Read-Aloud Books
Horton Hears a Who! Storytime
Horton Senses Something Small
Breakfast Moon picture book
How Small Is Nano? Book and Poster
Is That Robot Real? children's book and poster
Alice In NanoLand
Books, Reading, and Storytelling
Early Learner Earth and Space Activities
- Collaborative for Early Science Learning resources
Resources to support museums partnering with local Head Start programs to provide teacher professional development and family engagement focusing on early childhood science. Resources also include a collection of activity guides.
- The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMI2E2)
Resources for STEM learning opportunities for young children with disabilities