STEM activities are the key to my heart. It all started when I was doing my student teaching and I had to teach a unit on electricity. I had no idea how electricity works by the way, but I knew that I was going to include some awesome hands-on activities so that I could super impressed my supervisor. So, I did my research and sure enough I did do some awesome hands-on activities and then I completely fell in love with hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math. My final student teaching experience completely changed who I am as a teacher.
So today with all that said we’re bringing in some more STEM activities and this activity will have your preschoolers focus on engineering and measuring the weight of a material. We will be creating a balance or a DIY scale to measure the weight of our animals.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Measurement

• Describe and compare objects using general measurements such as heavy, light, big, small, short, tall, long, always, never

Engineering

• Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
• Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
• Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
• Engage in problem solving activities

Science

• Pose “what” and “why” questions about their surroundings
• Make predictions and perform experiments

#### *Hole Punch

##### Step #1
Use your hole punch to punch two holes across from one another in the top of a paper cup.
##### Step #2
Thread a piece of yarn through the holes of one cup and tie the yarn shut.
Do this for both cups.
##### Step #3
Hang the cups from the sides of the hanger.
##### Step #4

Hang the hanger from a doorknob.