Technology can be used as a tool to enhance early learning. The following preschool technology activity is brought to you as part of the FREE STEAM E-Course for Parents and Teachers of Preschoolers. Join in at any time and find helpful tips and tricks for integrating more STEAM into your child’s daily life. For even more activities, purchase our latest E-Book, STEAM: Preschool Activities for STEM Enrichment Purchase Your Copy Today
What is Preschool Technology?
Often we think of technology as videos or shows. Technology can indeed be short video clips used to enhance learning: such as a virtual field trip to an apple picking factory to enhance a learning unit on apples and harvest. But technology is even more than that. All of these current technologies can be used to extend STEAM learning.
Common technology tools that are used by preschoolers are:
- interactive storybooks
- cd players
- mobile devices
- digital cameras
- video cameras
- Interactive Smart Boards
- pens that will read words as you tap them
- alarm clocks
- digital scales, and
I encourage you to look around your home and classroom for the “kid safe” technology items that could be used to enhance lessons and USE THEM.
Add a calculator to your kitchen / pretend play area. Show the child how to turn it on and off. Have them use the numbers to keep track of how much money the pretend food is.
Bring a digital scale out the next time you are cooking. Have them weigh how much flour they use to make a batch of muffins. Sure, this will add on a few minutes of time to the experience, but it will also make the use of technology relevant. In many countries – recipes are written by weight.
Hand your child a digital timer to start as they help you fold clothes. Let them watch as the seconds and minutes pass by. Add challenges such as: see how many wash clothes you can fold in 2 minutes. This connects technology with math and life skills. Not only that, but it makes doing chores a wee bit more fun.
Week 2 Technology Challenge
We encourage you to try this activity with the preschoolers in your lives. Then let us know by posting in the comment section how it went. This activity is a little longer in length than last week’s preschool science challenge. Make sure to leave 30-60 minutes open or break up the activity into 2 different lessons.
- Numbers Printable Sheet
- Digital Camera or Cell Phone Camera
- Mini Photo Album
6. Insert the printed photos into a mini photo album to create the photo book.
7. Read and Re-read!
Preschool Technology Resource Books
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Join us this SUNDAY for the second week of our e-course with a Google Hangout on September 28th @ 8:00pm to hear tips and tricks for incorporating Science activities for your preschooler. We will be discussing, along with Jamie from Hand Made Kid Art, our own personal experiences and tips for using technology with preschoolers.
No registration is required, but we would love for you to share in the blog comments how your child did, any observations you made, or other tips on how you are improving that area of academics with your preschooler.
STEAM Preschool Activities for STEM Enrichment E-Course Schedule:
Science at The Educators’ Spin On It and Science at Hand Made Kid Art
Technology at The Educators’ Spin On It and Technology at Hand Make Kid Art
For even MORE ideas on preschool STEAM activities, consider purchasing one of my Preschool STEM E-books.