Explore 30 fun, constructive, and creative activities to do with built-in features of iPad (you can also use an iPhone). Designed for children in grades PK–2, these activities can easily be tailored for the whole family.
preMedia - STEM
This collection includes Science, Technology, and Engineering activities for preschool-aged children.
Have several sets of 5 interlocking cubes, legos, or blocks with 2 different colors. Talk about how you are holding 5 objects, but you can take them apart by color as you count the amounts in each section. For example, 1 red block and 4 yellow blocks. When they have all been taken apart, you can put them back together. Help your child(ren) discover how two different colored objects can be put together to make 5.
Plant grass seed in cups with your child(ren). Once the seeds are planted, place them near the window and watch them grow. Provide the items needed for growth and talk about what is needed. Each day, allow children to observe and communicate any changes they see and write about it in a picture journal.
Grow flowers from seeds. Most plants will need soil, light, and water to grow. Plant 2 cups for your child(ren). Both plants will receive the same soil and water. One plant will be placed by sunlight, the other will be placed in a closed cabinet. Document the differences in growth over an extended period of time.
Count as you are carrying out daily routines.While counting, stop often to ask what number comes next. Ask what number comes after or before a given number.
Children will listen to and recite a rhyme as the adult points out the words. Allow children to help point out the words as they are ready.
Children will listen to Ten in the Bed as the adult points out the words in the rhyme. Allow children to help point out the words as they are ready.. Once your child(ren) knows the song and the motions, they will sing the song and control their movements in a defined space.
Child(ren) wil explore how sunlight can cast shadows on a sunny day. Child(ren) will trace shadows on the sidewalk to color. This can be an outline of their own body(s), or they can trace the outline of a preferred toy, etc.
Have items ready to complete and extend patterns. You can use blocks, poker chips, candy, cards created for holidays, etc. Hand the materials to your child(ren) and ask them to sort them by likeness. Ask them to create, duplicate, complete, and/or extend a pattern. For example, you can hand them a handful of colored goldfish crackers or colored cereal rings. Once they are sorted, count how many you have of each color. Ask them to select at least 2 colors to make patterns with. Allow them to create more complex patterns as they are ready.
Children will learn about the sources of light by selecting one or some of the activities listed below and will engage in an activity that helps demonstrate how useful light can be.
Children will look out the window to determine what the weather conditions are for the day and determine what clothes would help them be comfortable to dress in for the day.