Innately curious, infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds love to explore, investigate, and discover—making the earliest years a perfect time to begin teaching the foundations of STEM and to facilitate learning through trial and error. In the list of resources below, you will find clever and creative teaching approaches for infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds that will extend their learning experiences through open-ended discovery and interesting materials that will bolster their development of STEM skills for years to come.
Treasure Basket Explorations
Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers
Treasure Basket Explorations explains heuristic learning—discovery by trial and error—and how to encourage this type of learning to boost development in infants and toddlers. In this book, teachers will learn how to set up treasure baskets: containers filled with easy-to-find items that support explorations in emergent language, math, and science skills.
Baby Steps to STEM
Infant and Toddler Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Activities
This book explores what science, technology, engineering, and math education looks like for this age group, and why it is so vital for all children to develop STEM knowledge.
Loose Parts 2
Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers
This book offers a variety of new and innovative loose parts ideas are paired with beautiful photography to inspire safe loose parts play in your infant toddler environment.
First Art for Toddlers and Twos
Open-Ended Art Experiences
Discover the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of toddlers and twos as they explore creative art experiences designed just for them.
Buckleitner’s Guide to Using Tablets with Young Children
Children’s technology guru Warren Buckleitner offers educators and families his expert advice in this valuable guide to making smart choices about technology and young children.
Enticing Environments for People Under Three
Chock-full of colorful photographs from real-world infant and toddler settings, Enticing Environments for People Under Three offers fresh ideas and easy-to-implement strategies to create a well-planned, enticing environment that will profoundly influence cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and language development.
Baby & Beyond: Sound and Music
Progression in Play for Babies and Children
This unique book contains ideas for introducing and extending experiences of sound and music for babies and young children. Each full page spread contains a range of experiences and a selection of ideas for each of the four developmental stages from birth to three, and extends this progression into the early stepping stones for the preschool years.
Baby & Beyond: Movement and Beat
Profession in Play for Babies and Children
Provides educators with ideas for supporting the progression of vital fine motor skills, the control of large and fine muscles, and the ability to feel, copy and continue a steady beat, all of which are essential for learning and particularly for learning to read.