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Books that Promote STEM/STEAM Learning in Early Childhood

November 1st, 2021 | 5 min. read

By Jaimee Council

An enhanced emphasis on STEM/STEAM learning at all levels of education is a trend that continues to gain support. Based on the results of several national testing efforts, it is apparent that students in the United States need a stronger focus on the mathematics and science areas to be competitive globally. Introducing STEM in the early years exposes young children to a problem-solving approach to learning that aligns with their own curiosity. The integration of STEM in these critical years of early childhood may also spark an interest in and increase preparation in these fields in the future, which could lead to interest in STEM careers. The list of resources below will guide teachers in incorporating STEAM learning into their current centers, activities, and curriculum by causing children to wonder, investigate, and make their own discoveries.



Simple STEAM

50+ Science Technology Engineering Art Math Activities for ages 3 to 6

Parents are eager to help their children learn, but teaching young children complicated scientific and mathematical concepts can be intimidating. Simple STEAM helps parents realize they don’t need to be engineers or scientists to support STEAM learning by uncovering STEAM learning opportunities in everyday activities and experiences.

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Integrating Inquiry into Learning Centers

This book approaches learning centers through the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) lens, and shares how themes can be integrated into the most common learning centers to promote creativity and higher-level thinking. 

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Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms

Loose parts. You have heard the term, probably in the context of promoting engaging play with open-ended, natural, and manufactured materials that can be manipulated with limitless possibilities. In this book, discover how a loose-parts mindset promotes active learning in the early elementary classroom, enhancing curriculum and ensuring connection to state standards, and how to practically apply this mindset in the classroom.

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Making Space for Preschool Makerspaces

Engaging in makerspace experiences naturally enhances children’s maker mindsets, encourages them to think independently, and prompts them to create what they imagine—skills they will carry throughout life! Filled with colorful photographs taken in real early childhood settings, this book will guide you step-by-step in making a makerspace from drafting a plan and gathering materials to supporting specific skill development and garnering administratorr and parent buy-in. 

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The Path to Early Math

What Preschool Teachers Need to Know

Each chapter of our newest release describes how to set up an appropriate learning environment to support interactions and activities related to various early math skills. Whether you are a teacher looking for ways to strengthen the math learning in your early childhood classroom, an educator in a community of practice who wants to learn more about teaching math in developmentally appropriate ways, or a teacher-educator who wants to offer students an easy-to-use reference and guide for helping young children develop their math competencies and skills, The Path to Early Math will help you make math learning a fun and worthwhile activity in your setting.

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Provoking Curiosity

Student-Led STEAM Learning for Pre-K to Third Grade

With jam-packed days and mounting expectations, teachers struggle to incorporate STEAM activities into each day. Provoking Curiosity brings new and easy-to-execute STEAM learning experiences that encourage children to think, explore, and wonder. Each exploration builds on core ideas in the STEAM disciplines, develops higher-level thinking skills, and uses readily available materials in early childhood classrooms.

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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. 

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Exploring the Science of Sounds

100 Musical Activities for Young Children

In this book, discover 100 activities that let children ages 3–6 explore the science of music and sound using materials easy to find for a preschool classroom. Children will use their bodies to create sounds, explore the relationship between size and pitch, investigate how tempo affects the way we listen to sounds, create musical instruments, and much more. From the drops of rainwater to the tinkling of wind chimes, the science of sound is all around.

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Creative Investigations in Early Science

Young children are born scientists with an innate desire to analyze and investigate the world around them. Creative Investigations in Early Science helps educators expand and encourage young learners’ inquisitive nature through hands-on, minds-on explorations. 

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Creative Investigations in Early Engineering and Technology

Many STEM books and programs for early childhood focus on math and science, and exclude technology and engineering. This book helps teachers create a more well-rounded STEM learning program through explorations that encourage children to think, make, tinker, and innovate. 

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Creative Investigations in Early Art

Creative Investigations in Early Art provides teachers with an inquisitive, explorative approach to boost young learners’ creativity and critical-thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills through artistic expression of all kinds including music, movement, dramatic arts, and visual arts. 

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Creative Investigations in Early Math

Creative Investigations in Early Math gives early educators practical ideas for intentionally fostering young children's hands-on explorations in math, rather than just teaching math. As children encounter math in everyday activities, they will gain a deeper understanding of numbers and number sense, computation, geometry, patterns, measurement, and more! 

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Hands-On Science and Math

Fun, Fascinating Activities for Young Children

Filled with hands-on activities that incorporate all of the senses, this book will help you plan engaging science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lessons that will excite children and foster their critical thinking.

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Math and Science Investigations

Using Children's Books to Make Big Discoveries

This text shows educators how to facilitate hands-on investigations to help children learn the skills, concepts, and standards of mathematics, science, language, and literacy – all at the same time – using some of their favorite books.

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Jump into Math

Active Learning for Preschool Children

Research shows that the most effective way for children to learn concepts is to experience them physically. Jump into Math is the perfect way to turn children's love of active games into learning opportunities! The activities in each chapter are organized by level of difficulty, and each one incorporates fun, exciting math experiences with movement.

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Jump into Science

Active Learning for Preschool Children

Jump into Science is the perfect way to turn children's love of active games into learning opportunities! Bring science to life by helping children learn about their bodies, animals, seasons, and the weather. The activities in each chapter are organized by level of difficulty, and each one incorporates fun, exciting science experiences with movement.

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Science—Not Just for Scientists!

Easy Explorations for Young Children

Through open-ended explorations, Science—Not Just for Scientists! will guide you on cultivating children's natural curiosity by asking simple questions: How? When? Where? And the most famous of all children's questions: Why? The hands-on activities will empower children to question, experiment, and develop abstract reasoning skills. Children will explore patterns, cause and effect, size and scale, change and growth, energy, and how things work.

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Let’s Build

Strong Foundations in Language, Math, and Social Skills

Blocks are a key teaching tool in any early childhood program.  Through the well-planned, teacher-supported block play experiences provided in this book, young children can develop build math, language, and social skills while using their imaginations and boosting their creativity.

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The Giant Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6

Over 600 Activities Written by Teachers for Teachers

This book is a go-to resource for early educators seeking developmentally appropriate math activities to include in their day. Organized by curriculum area or time of day, each activity is complete with math concepts, materials needed, and step-by-step instructions.

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The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6

More Than 600 Science Activities Written by Teachers for Teachers

Leave your fears of science behind! Respond to children's natural curiosity with over 600 teacher-created, classroom-tested activities guaranteed to teach your children all about science while they are having fun.

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Art with Anything

52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff

With 52 weeks of fantastic art projects using easy-to-find, everyday materials, Art with Anything provides a year of creativity, imagination, and fun for children ages 4-10! Organized alphabetically by material, each week features one everyday material (address labels, fabric scraps, leaves, rocks) and provides five days of unique activities, increasing in complexity with each day.

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Jaimee Council

A graduate of Appalachian State University with B.S. in Communication - Electronic Media and Broadcasting, Jaimee Council served a content strategy team lead for Gryphon House and Kaplan Early Learning Company from 2021-2022. Her talents include writing, photography, video production, audio production, blog management, website content management, social media management, some design, and data analytics for websites, social media, and customer relationship databases.