This STEM invitation lets children build and balance materials through open ended exploration with pumpkins! With plastic cups, cds, and pumpkins the children were invited to stretch their thinking by introducing the engineering and design process.
In the early years a child's work is to constantly problem solve through play. This invitation is a perfect opportunity to challenge a building experience to think and create in new ways with out of the norm materials. Since there are no wrong or right way to do this invitation, the possibilities are endless.
When a child is left to create and explore, it stretches their problem-solving skills by all the ways they have to figure out how to balance the pumpkins, cups, and cds. Through all these trials, the children are able to analyze the situation more critically and come up with solutions on their own way. STEM subliminally provides awesome real life lessons that are so valuable and enriching to a child and through these images we get a window into the glimpse of mastering a new skill.
The beauty of STEM, you can do the same invitation and modify or enhance the process by providing different materials. Here are three other ways to to do STEM with pumpkins STEM pumpkins, Invitation to Build Five Little Pumpkins, Five Little Pumpkins STEM with Natural Wooden Blocks.