Explorations Early Learning

Promoting play, defending childhood, and empowering caregivers.

Explorations Early Learning

Do It Yourself STEM Play

Do It Yourself STEM Play


In this session, you’ll learn how to support STEM learning with simple do-it-yourself toys and materials. You’ll also develop a deeper understanding of how children learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more through hands-on play and exploration.

Outcomes / Goals

Attendees will:

  • Leave with simple do-it-yourself ideas for supporting hands-on STEM play
  • Understand the importance of child-led play and explorations
  • Learn ways to better support child-led STEM learning

Competency Area

  • Alabama | Learning Experiences And Enrichment / Child Development
  • Illinois | Curriculum Or Program Design
  • Michigan | Teaching And Learning
  • Missouri | Use A Broad Repertoire Of Teaching Skills And Strategies For Learning
  • Nebraska | Planning Learning Experiences And Curriculum
  • Oklahoma | Learning Environments And Curriculum
  • South Dakota | Learning Environments
  • Wisconsin | Learning Experiences, Strategies, And Curriculum
  • CDA | Advancing Children’s Physical And Intellectual Development

Clock Hours

Available in 60 and 90-minute formats


This is the breakdown for the 60-minute version of the session:

Introduction05 minutesMonologue
The Value Of REAL Play10 minutesDiscussion
Supporting STEM Learning10 minutesDiscussion
DIY STEM Play Ideas30 minutesDemonstration
Conclusion05 minutesMonologue

Related Resources

This session is based in part on content from these sources (affiliate links):

  • Do-It-Yourself Early Learning
  • Everyday Early Learning
  • Let Them Play

Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Age Group Focus

  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
  • Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
  • School Age (5 years to 12 years)
  • Adults

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Head Start Administrators
  • Early Head Start Teachers
  • Service Coordination Staff
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents