Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids this Mother’s Day? Keep brains ticking and the whole family engaged with our selection of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities. There’s something for everyone, indoor and out!
Dye your own flowers
This simple and stunning experiment is a great way to introduce preschoolers to scientific investigations and natural science. Not only does it give children the opportunity to learn how water transfers through a plant, but the end result will make a great present for Mummy on Mother’s Day too! You’ll need some white flowers (when in season, daisies from the garden will work), glasses of water, a selection of food dye and a sharp knife. Visit redtri.com for more details!
Build the world, one landmark at a time
Create your very own versions of the world’s most famous landmarks — start by either creating landmarks from one city, or pick your favourite landmarks from around the world.
Building blocks are perfect for this, or if you want something more tactile, you can always create models out of salt dough instead. It’s cheap, quick and easy to make. All you need is 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour and ¾ cup of water. Combine the dry ingredients first before gradually adding the water. Once you’ve sculpted your creations, place them in an oven at 180°C to dry them out. They’ll make great handmade Mother’s Day presents too!
Foamy fun chemical reactions
What happens when you mix red cabbage, baking powder and vinegar?
Introduce little ones to chemistry with this straightforward but visually impressive experiment sciencekiddo.com. You may need to start this activity a day early as you need to make some homemade pH indicator ice cubes first. Then you can create a fun and fizzy chemical reaction and discover the PH balance of the solution.
It’s easy to get started, you just need a few common kitchen items: red cabbage, water, baking soda, an ice cube tray, large clear cups and vinegar.
We don’t need an excuse to give Mum, or Grandma, a hug. That being said, it’s Mother’s Day, so extra hugs are always appreciated. A great task to set the kids is to hug Mum or Grandma at pre set times throughout the day. The first one will be a nice surprise for her, but it will also teach little ones about telling the time!
Nature-themed scavenger hunt
To blow out the cobwebs and get some fresh air, head outdoors for a nature-themed scavenger hunt! Set to work creating clues and setting tasks for the kids to complete. Challenges could include snapping photos of particular plants or wildlife. All you need is a camera, phone or tablet. Alternatively, go freestyle and take notes about all of the flora and fauna you see on your adventures.
Flower number fun
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Draw and cut out your own flowers with two sets of 12 petals each. Then number the inner ring of petals one to 12. Pick a number for the centre of the flower and choose whether you add or multiply the central number by the number of the petal. Got the answer? Write it on the connected outer petal. This is a fun way of bringing the worlds of mathematics and art together.
Creative in the kitchen
Mums love to be treated, and what’s better than homemade goodies prepared by little hands? Cooking also brings a wealth of learning opportunities. Measuring ingredients will help improve children’s maths skills, while following instructions and learning about safe food preparation are important life lessons. The best part though is that the whole family can enjoy the results! Bake cakes, biscuits or savoury snacks.
Family fort building
Building forts together is not just good fun, it also stimulates early engineering skills. While planning and building your perfect hide-away together your little one will learn about design and problem-solving. Is your structure collapsing due to lack of support? Does it need a stronger material to stand up? Can a triangular structure bear more weight than a square one? All of these questions lay the foundations for budding engineers.
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