For parents who are looking for ways to get their children engaged in STEM learning and to develop a STEM learning mindset, we have some hands-on and practical off-screen activities to try out at home with your little ones. We call these bite-sized STEM learning activities, STEM quests.
It’s time for you and your family to put on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance! In this quest, your children will get to take the lead as they take on the role of disco dance instructor(s). It’s a great way to help children to not only develop STEM skills like coding and sequencing, but it will also help to build their confidence and initial leadership skills.
Why is coding (or programming) important for children to learn about? In a not so distant future, the fourth industrial revolution will change how we work and use automation of traditional manufacturing processes and industrial practises. Coding and structured problem-solving are essential and much required skills for automation.
The challenge for your child/children in this quest is to make up a dance routine with lots of fun moves, for the family to follow. Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Your child gets to pick out their favourite song, it can be as funny and crazy as they like, as the dance instructor gets to decide.
Step 2: Next they should think of a series of dance moves they would like to use when dancing to your favourite song. E.g. side shuffle, jump, spin, robot, moonwalk, floss, etc.
Step 3: Then they get to decide on objects or pictures to represent each different dance move. For example, different colours of paper or Legos can be used to represent different dance moves. Alternatively, they can draw the dance move symbols or names of the moves on pieces of paper. The sky is the limit in terms of creative options.
Step 4: They will place the objects or pictures in a specific order which provides the instructions (or programme) they need to follow to complete the dance routine.
Step 5: Let the disco dancing begin!
You can make it into a dance contest, with participants dressing up in costumes and taking turns or as a group trying out the dance routine. You can provide the opportunity for each participant to build on to the routine with a new move, until one can’t complete the routine.
This is a lot of fun for parents or teachers and children of different ages to do together. This quest can be adapted as needed to the age and development level of children. Children find their energy by feeling useful, having a purpose and helping others.
This energy gives them the confidence – the participation and the sense of purpose in the family and at school. What are you waiting for!
At QuestFriendz we believe that imaginative and hands-on purposeful play, when combined with problem-solving through play, are key to providing young children with an engaging and memorable experience. Starting STEM at an early age helps children to make important connections between everyday life and the STEM disciplines. Addressing young children also allows us to harness their natural curiosity. This magical state helps to accelerate learning including STEM learning. Children become better equipped to face a fast-paced and evolving world, when problem-solving skills and learning to fail are introduced from a young age.
We’ll be sharing some more of our favourite STEM educational quests for parents to try out with their kids at home or for teachers to try in the classroom. Stay tuned!
Would you like to learn to code and develop core STEM skills?
Take a look at our Lillicorn interactive STEM book series. Our books help children learn to code and develop core STEM skills in an interactive, inclusive and engaging way! Children solve a series of hands-on STEM quests (educational puzzles) individually or in small groups within a rhyming story. Our books are perfect for use at home, in school or on the move. We also have lesson plan guides available including activity sheets, games and other learning activities, to extend your STEM learning fun! Our books are available in English, French and Dutch language versions.