Summer STEM-C® Stimulation involves little more than establishing a topic, and then viewing it from many different perspectives.
For example, if you use the topic Rainbows, you might offer your children these ideas:
- How many different ways can you create a rainbow? They might consider painting them, viewing them through a prism, looking at oil on the ground, etc.
- How many books do we have that mention rainbows? Naturally, you should have our book, Where’s Green?, but this question will encourage your young readers to go through their books on the rainbow treasure hunt. Encourage them to arrange the non-rainbow books neatly back on the shelf before you read the ones connected to rainbows.
- What can you make that will feature a rainbow? This might include a picture for Grandma, a rainbow cake, or fruit arranged in rainbow fashion. (For directions on the STEM involved with the rainbow fruit recipe, see our other book, Everybody Cooks! STEM Facts and Recipes for Family Cooperation and Healthier Eating - Holiday Favorites Edition, page 38.)
- Can you make a poem using RAINBOW as the anagram for the first letter of each line? Make sure your young poets illustrate their poem, then post them prominently!
- Who can clean up your room by arranging your clothing in rainbow colors? (What a great job for a rainy day!)
One topic, many variations, all fun and educational during the long hot summer months. Here are some ideas for other topics: Water, Rocks, Plants, Bridges, Gems, and Tunnels. Better yet, ask your children to develop the list and post it on the fridge. Cross off the topics when you have exhausted everything there is to know about the topic and move on to another topic. You might even consider asking the older children to plan the questions with you. Cooperation is all part of the fun of learning.
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