At my library we offer evening storytimes twice a week and Wednesday evenings are my nights to lead them. I’m used to having preschoolers and toddlers attend my programs, but when I arrived to my current branch most of the kids turned out to be school age (1st grade and up). One of the challenges has been finding crafts that keep them engaged, but I realized I wanted them to learn something rather than do cut and paste crafts.
Enter Sneaky STEM. Last week we read all about the life cycle of different animals. The books are as follows.
I was really worried that these books were going to be too baby-ish, but they turned out to be real conversations starters. The kids were also learning about life cycles in school! Librarian win!
The sneaky STEM portion came in with this life cycle craft from Kizclub. You cut out two circles and paste the life cycle of the animal in order. It’s super simple and so easy, but was creative enough for kids to do what they wanted in terms of coloring and decoration.
It was a lot of fun and I think the kids got some added information from the storytime to take back to school.
What are some ways you incorporate Sneaky STEM into your everyday programs?
– – Librarian Jayla