I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream...topped with STEM and PLAY!
STEM + PLAY was created to meet the needs of today’s busy classrooms as you balance developmentally appropriate activities with the demands of rigorous standards. The PLAY aspect allows you to set up a dramatic play area in your classroom that builds vocabulary, problem solving skills, and communication. Students can use their imaginations as they explore the materials and play together!
The STEM aspect allows learners to experiment with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills. It includes 3 different challenges with matching recording pages. Children can play together, experiment with the challenges, and record their discoveries. There are photographic examples of each challenge, but each child or group will create something unique. There is not one “right answer.” There are additional activities included for reading and writing.
This center is simple and inexpensive to set up. You get labels, posters, buntings, and everything kids need to set up an ice cream shop! A parent letter is included so you can introduce STEM + PLAY to families and ask to borrow materials from home. Little ones can write orders for ice cream, make menus, design posters, create sundaes, count money, and more!
For the STEM challenges, they will be building ice cream cone towers, balancing sprinkles and cones, and engineering "Drip Drop Catchers" to fix those pesky cones that drip!
This center can be used for an extended time in your classroom, and learners will love playing and working there again and again!
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