It’s easy to encourage a love of STEAM with these ideas.

Science

Science is based on curiosity, so an inquisitive child will embrace science. Aim to ask more questions and help them find the answers.

  • Buy ReGrow Science Lab to turn leftover fruits and veggies into a garden.
  • Experiment with eruptions. Make a papier-mâché baking soda and vinegar volcano. Drop Mentos in a 2-liter soda or launch a bottle rocket.
  • Read “Kate the Chemist: The Awesome Book of Edible Experiments for Kids” for cooking and chemistry projects you can eat!
  • Listen to “Tumble,” a science podcast for kids that explains scientific discoveries with the help of scientists.
  • Use scientific words and make exploring a part of everyday life.
  • Encourage household problem-solving. Bread dough that doesn’t rise, an inside door that sticks in summer or an insect infestation in the garden are gateways to hypotheses, experiments and answers.
  • Create a kitchen science lab with common ingredients. Make ice cream in a zip-top bag, make butter from heavy cream in a mason jar, or grow geodes in eggshells.
  • Visit: Discover Science Center; Tellus Science Museum; Chattahoochee Nature Center

Technology

Kids are growing up in a world only science fiction believed possible. Help them cultivate the necessary skills they’ll need throughout their lives.

Engineering

Engineering concepts will encourage innovative kids to explore new ideas for creating new solutions to personal problems – and someday, real world problems.

Art

Art helps your child express creativity, build fine motor skills and grow confidence. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect at a craft to love the arts!

  • Buy Pixicade to create and play your own video games.
  • Experiment with different art forms. Stock up on art supplies like paints, crayons, colored pencils or pastels to find your child’s favorite.
  • Read “How to Draw All the Things for Kids” for quick five-minute drawing lessons of unicorns, cars, spaceships and more.
  • Listen to “The Artist Chronicles,” where you’ll hear the about the life of a famous artist, musician, dancer or actor – can you guess who it is?
  • Use thestorystarter.com/junior.html for a random sentence to start the process of creative writing.
  • Encourage your kid to listen to new genres of music. Can they identify the different instruments used? Do they have any new favorite songs or singers?
  • Create an atmosphere of artistic exploration. Try some art mediums along with your child, even if you don’t think you’re good at drawing.
  • Visit: High Museum of Art; Michael C. Carlos Museum; Center for Puppetry Arts

Math

We all use math every day, and you can help your child develop mathematical thinking skills early to develop numbers, spatial concepts and logic.

  • Buy Sumoku, a crossword-style game that uses numbers to create chains instead of letters.
  • Experiment by doubling or halving a favorite recipe together. Measuring, equivalent fractions and conversions help reinforce math skills.
  • Read “What’s the Point of Math?” to learn how people have used numbers, counting, shapes, patterns, data and more to change the world.
  • Listen to “Detective Mathema’s Maths Puzzles for Kids” to try to crack the challenges.
  • Use tangrams to create shapes and practice geometry.
  • Encourage math skills at home. Work with your child to practice counting, using real objects to represent adding or subtracting, measuring objects and recognizing patterns.
  • Create a budget. Have your kids track their own spending and allowance, or ask them to help you create a household budget for groceries.
  • Visit: “Women in Stem” at The Apex MuseumAtlanta Monetary Museum/Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (reopening in May 2022); Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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