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Boredom Busters: S.T.E.A.M Books for Kids

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Are you are looking for fun STEAM activities for your kids to do? STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Then you don’t want to miss out on these amazing books! These titles can be found on the Library’s website.

 

STEAM Activity Books

The Mason Jar Scientist: 30 Jarring STEAM-based Projects by Brenda Priddy

Teaches scientific principles via practical, hands-on experiments that can all be done with mason jars. Includes discussion questions and ideas for STEAM-based extension activities.

 

Tinkerlab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley

55 playful experiments that encourage tinkering, curiosity, and creative thinking–hands-on activities that explore art, science, and more. The creative experiments shared in this book foster curiosity, promote creative and critical thinking, and encourage tinkering–mindsets that are important to children growing up in a world that values independent thinking. In addition to offering a host of activities that parents and teachers can put to use right away, this book also includes a buffet of recipes (magic potions, different kinds of play dough, silly putty, and homemade butter) and a detailed list of materials to include in the art pantry.

 

Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Paintmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media by Susan Schwake

Presents art lessons for art projects of varying styles including drawing, printmaking, and mixed media.

 

Bedtime Math 2 by Laura Overdeck

Over 100 kid-friendly story math problems on topics from missing socks and glitter to your favorite wild pet and how fast you can run. Kids will find that math surrounds them in their everyday lives.

 

STEAM Play and Learn by Ana Dziengel

Preschoolers will love tackling these 20 fun, easy-to-follow step-by-step projects as they learn about STEAM topics (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Topics include symmetry and how light bounces to create reflections with mirror mandalas, diffusion and capillary action with tie dye towels, structural framing and bracing with marshmallow structures, and electrical currents with salty circuits. This cross-subject approach to learning will prepare young children for the subjects they will soon learn in elementary school and beyond. Each project features simple instructions and large, full-color photos, to make each one enjoyable and fun for both kids and parents.

 

Simple STEAM: 50+ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Activities for ages 3-6 by Debby Mitchell

Help children explore STEAM concepts with fun and engaging activities. Discover STEAM learning opportunities in everyday activities and experiences. Prepare children for kindergarten. Build crucial 21st century learning skills, including collaboration, communication, creativity and problem solving, curiosity, and critical thinking.

 

STEAM Story Time Books

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg (art)

Demonstrates the many ways that torn, crinkled, and smudged bits of paper can be transformed into various shapes and images.

 

Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros (science )

Charlotte, a serious scientist and a bunny, uses the scientific method to solve her problem: being squished by her many brothers and sisters.

 

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (technology)

A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.

 

Just a Little Bit by Ann Tompert (science)

When Mouse and Elephant decide to go on the seesaw, Mouse needs a lot of help from other animals before they can go up and down.

 

Quack and Count by Keith Baker (math)

Seven ducklings take a rhyming look at addition.

 

B is for Bulldozer by June Sobel (engineering & science)

As children watch over the course of a year, builders construct a rollercoaster using tools and materials that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

 


 

Rhonda

Rhonda is a Youth Services Librarian in the Newport Unit of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. She enjoys reading inspirational literature and children’s books. Some of her favorite authors are Jacqueline Woodson, Nikki Grimes, Laura Numeroff, Angela Johnson, and Mo Willems, just to name a few. When not working, she enjoys singing, doing jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her family. She loves being a librarian because it provides her with wonderful opportunities to help and inspire others.