Loose parts play is a fabulous method to bring out your child's inner tinkerer, designer, builder or artist. The method focuses on open-ended learning. There is no single objective or end-goal. Rather, the goal is to encourage a child's ability to create, explore and think without instruction from a grownup. So how does it work?
Math can be so abstract for kids. It's really helpful to use everyday objects to make it real. We add and subtract with blueberries. We reverse addition equations using biscotti. And we make equal piles of Hot Wheels. It's a positive and engaging way to introduce math operations and equations to younger kids.
One of the best ways to make science less daunting is to show kids that science is everywhere—in the color of their favorite lollipop, in the seesaw they play on, or in the changing of the seasons. But if you don't have the time or background to come up with a myriad of science explanations and activities, what do you do?
Here's a healthy and delicious afterschool snack recipe that you can bake with your kids. It’s great fuel to keep kids going through afterschool activities and homework. Plus baking is a wonderful way to incorporate STEM into your child’s everyday. And this granola recipe is sure to delight!