Due to the pandemic, all storytimes temporarily moved online. I did a weekly storytime for toddlers ages 2-3 with their families. Storytimes were done live via Zoom.
STEM Storytime: Things That Grow
STEM storytime incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math concepts and is geared to children ages 2 to 6. In this storytime, we explored things that grow. The following shows the hands-on stations for children to learn more about the day’s theme.
Children could measure themselves to see how tall they were in inches, feet, and centimeters.
Children quizzed themselves by looking at the seeds and matching the picture of each plant with its seeds.
Children used a magnifying glass and their sense of touch to explore each plant and its parts.
Children used the felt plant parts to construct a flower according to the diagram.
Children examined the inside and outside of seeds and learned about the parts and functions of a seed.
Vocabulary words and their definitions were posted on the tables to aid in discussion of things that grow.
STEM Storytime:The 5 Senses
STEM storytime incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math concepts and is geared to children ages 2 to 6. In this storytime, we explored our five senses. The following shows the hands-on stations for children to learn more about the day’s theme.
Hearing: Plastic eggs were filled with different items. Children shook the eggs and paired the eggs that sounded the same.
Smell: Cotton balls were soaked with different substances (coffee, peppermint extract, lemon juice, etc.). Children smelled and tried to identify the scent.
Touch: Cardboard squares were covered with materials of various textures. Children felt each one and described how it felt (soft, rough, smooth, etc.)
Taste: Felt board pieces showed the different tastes and pictures of foods. We talked about the different tastes and categorized them on the board. Children could explore further after storytime.
Sight: Children used their sense of sight to find different objects in the library’s I Spy books.