Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) invitations such as this are a great way to expose a child to both process art and science all together. Scientists, mathematicians, engineers and artists all use the same critical thinking skills to find new and innovative solutions. Through the process of experimenting and exploring the child is using creative and critical thinking skills.
To set this invitation you can use Colorations Liquid Water Colors or Dilute Tempera Paint with water from Discount School Supply, Learning Resources Jumbo Droppers or pipettes, construction paper or butcher paper. Tape the paper on the ledge of a stool or table, easel, or ramp.
Before inviting the child you can have a discussion of what gravity is. Explain that gravity keeps people and objects on the ground and causes the objects to fall toward the earth. Next explain that they will experiment with the paint to use the Earth's gravitational pull to direct the paint by using the tools to drop the paint on the paper as they create.
STEAM invitations provide for limitless learning and benefits. They became creative as it encourages the children to think outside the box while instilling wonder and curiosity throughout the process. Children learn and retain the most information with hands-on learning, as they work with their hands it develops a unique way of thinking. With all this critical thinking they are able to problem solve which uses different parts of the brain. The more opportunities and exposure to invitations such as this instills innovation which provides for a stronger cognitive foundation that will support them to adulthood in all aspects of their life.