Welcome to Preschool Power and our STEM Storytime topic: Seesaws and Slides! This week we read about what happens to “sheep in a jeep on a hill that’s steep,” and what happens when you fall asleep on a skateboard at the top of a hill! We also read about some dinosaurs who have a hard time sharing a seesaw. In other words we learned about two simple machines: the inclined plane and the lever!
After storytime, kids made slides and seesaws from blocks and cardboard ramps. They also experimented to discover “what rolls down a ramp?” a block? a ball? a spool of thread? a car? It’s always fun to watch what children do when they are given a variety of materials and very few instructions. Some kids were interested in rolling items down a ramp, while others built creations with the cardboard and blocks. When we give kids the time and space to experiment with materials, it fires up their reasoning skills, creativity, and confidence!