What Are the Best STEM Activities for Young Children? Why a Creation Station Is the Answer
Children in this kindergarten class made Creation Station items (a sea turtle, fish, and lobster) based on the theme, Under the Sea.
- Have a collection basket in the school's entryway where parents can donate recycled materials for the Creation Station. That way you'll have plenty of unique materials and the burden for gathering them will not fall on the teacher.
- Have a parent-helper assigned to the Creation Station. It's a great idea to have a mom or dad there to use a hot glue gun. Kids get frustrated waiting for regular glue to dry, but a glue gun works instantly. Parents love doing this or it makes them feel needed!
- Keep Creation Station as an optional activity. Like art projects, children should not be forced to participate. That's counter-productive. You want children to do Creation Station when they're feeling creative and focused. Some kids will want to do it every day, some kids never. That's fine.
- Let kids shows their creations during Circle Time or Snack Time. Let them explain what it is, how they made it, and what they'll do with it.
- Educate parents about the value of Creation Station. When I first started doing it in my preschool classroom, some parents would roll their eyes in disgust when they saw their child's creation. Some would not even want to take it home! Before starting Creation Station, remind parents that these creations represent great feats of imagination, engineering, design, and architecture and should not be demeaned. With such an explanation, most parents will get it...but, sadly, not all.