The best part is, transforming STEM to STEAM is not difficult. In fact, I think it makes everything a bit more fun! The new book, STEAM Kids is just that- fun. Fun activities don't have to cut learning short, and those included here certainly don't!
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STEAM Kids 50 Hands-On ActivityI love STEAM Kids mission: to inspire kids to "question like a scientist, design like a technologist, build like an engineer, create like an artist, deduce like a mathematician and play like a kid".
Over 50 projects are organized into 5 different categories: Build, Color, Play, Sense, Grow. With beautiful, colorful images, and easy to follow instructions it is not difficult to be inspired to get building, imagining and creating. I really appreciated that the authors not only included the project's difficulty and approximate time commitment, but also an explanation of the STEAM concepts involved in each project.
Some of my favorite activities from STEAM Kids include "Circuit Bugs", a bug building craft where LED lights and wires are used to give the creatures light-up antennae or eyes, and "Color Changing Play Dough" that changes color in different temperatures. There are new ideas for classic engineering feats to be tackled, like building a contraption for an egg drop, and completely unique new project ideas like "Edible Polymer Gummies" and "Milk Plastic Bracelets".
I believe anyone with children, educators, after school caregivers, camp counselors, club and troop leaders would find STEAM Kids to be an invaluable resource to add to their bag of tricks.
STEAM Kids is available as an e-book (which is the most affordable option), and also available in paperback on Amazon. Readers in the European Union can purchase the e-book here.
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If you like STEAM Kids, then you'll also be interested in the other books in the STEAM Kids series, like STEAM Kids Halloween, STEAM Kids Christmas, STEAM Kids Valentine's Day and other bonus activity books. You can even bundle all of the e-books for a discounted price.
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