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To prepare for this STEM challenge, I printed out the STEM cards (free down below) and gathered the building supplies. My requirements for the building supplies were that they were open ended (could be used in lots of different ways) and we had them on hand. I gathered toilet paper rolls, corks, toothpicks, marshmallows, index cards and thick popsicle sticks. I also went through our animal collections and pulled out animals that we would find at the zoo. We LOVE the Toob animal collections that you can find at Michael's, Joann's and on Amazon. I don't think we have a set that is specifically zoo animals, but we have safari animals, farm animals, and jungle animals that I picked through. The endangered species toob would be another good one for zoo animals.
After that challenge, she quickly whipped up this one which was supposed to be a building where the workers could go. She made a building out of corks and index cards. This was easy compared to the bridge where she had to think and try out different solutions.
Do you want to try these zoo themed STEM challenges with your little learners? Just click to download, enter your information and the challenge cards will be emailed directly to you.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Editable Name Puzzles // Playdough to Plato
It's a Zoo Graphing Game // Stay at Home Educator
Zoo Themed STEM Activity // Sara J Creations
Interactive Animal Alphabet Flashcards // Science Kiddo
Zoo Sight Word Book // Still Playing School
Zoo Small World Busy Box // Play and Learn Every Day
Zoo Animals: Tracing Lines // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Letter and Number Matching Puzzles // The Simplified Classroom
Zoo Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Zoo Pom Pom Mats // Fairy Poppins
Invitation to Make Dear Zoo Small World // Adventures and Play
Zoo Themed Counting Clip Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Zoo Number Puzzles // The STEM Laboratory
Zoo First to 20 and First to 50 Math Game // A Dab of Glue Will Do