How Does Your Brain Feel?
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How does your brain feel? It’s hard to know, but we learned about the brain with the Noodle Brain STEAM Station. Noodles are soft and squishy, like the brain. Our brains are fragile and textured like a bowl of noodles. This fun STEAM Station from Experience Curriculum, a wonderful preschool curriculum,
What are STEAM Stations?
STEAM Stations are opened ended activity areas that invite children to investigate, problem-solve, and create.
STEAM includes Science, Technology, Art, and Math aspects. These are hands-on play and activity centers that extend our learning about a specific topic. Each activity will include one or more domains and can be left out for the week for the children to explore in-depth.
To set up STEAM Stations, Experience Curriculum has provided a printable bundle that includes: A Big Question Poster, Inspiration Photos, and Supply Labels.
The Big Question Poster invites children to think and problem-solve.
Inspiration Photos ignite imaginations.
The Supply Labels label your materials when you put them in bins or on shelves. Labels help children stay organized, create a literacy-rich environment, and make it easy to clean up.
Each week features five unique STEAM Station experiences. The centers are optional and use basic materials you likely already have around the house.
The STEAM Stations coordinate the daily lessons. They are my favorite activities of the day! I love to set them up and the kids love to explore them.
The Teacher Guide indicates the supplies needed and some teacher tips.
Noodle Brain STEAM Station
Every time I set up a STEAM Station it’s a little different, but I often use my IKEA FLISAT table because it’s so flexible. It also easily seats two friends to participate in the same activity.
We used little bowls, tweezers, and cooked spaghetti noodles. I recommend undercooking the noodles so they are easier to handle.
I cooked a package of spaghetti noodles but only put part of them in the table, to begin with. Keep the rest covered in the refrigerator so you can put out fresh noodles for the next child or use the next day.
We talked about the bowls being hard like our skulls, which protect our soft brains. Experience Curriculum also provided pictures of the skull and brain to help them understand.
It’s a fun sensory experience to play with noodles! I have a couple little ones under 2 years and just the youngest one attempted to eat the noodles, but this activity wasn’t really for him. I like this table because I can put the lids over the sensory bins to “close it up” when I can’t supervise it directly.
Everyone loved this learning experience!
Some kids used their hands and others didn’t seem to like the texture so they dumped the containers back and forth or worked with the tweezers.
The tweezers offer fine motor skills and hand strengthening opportunities, making the transfer of noodles more challenging.
More STEAM Stations
- Coral Collages & STEAM Station
- STEAM Based Learning in Preschool
- Painting Ladybug Spots
- Build a Bird Nest Activity
I have so many more I can’t wait to share! Check back soon.
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