Early Years
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Younger children are perfect candidates to take on the role of explorer, investigator and scientist in all their play and exploration. These activities will help early years educators provide resources for children to begin to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) topics in your early years service.


Early Years Stem

Guide to STEM CP

STEM CP Mind Map

Preparing Children for STEM Activities

Colour-Changing Flowers

Fun with Lego

Make a Fairy Door

Jack and the Beanstalk

Fruit Skewers

Making Cookies

Aistear Observations

Download and print out these observation sheets to make individual observations. The Aistear framework specifies that your curriculum should always be responsive to the children's interests. Use our curriculum plans as a starting point and then be led by the children to plan future curriculum and discussions. Sample observation sheet »

By using observation sheets, you have well-documented evidence that you are working within the Aistear guidelines.

Aistear Observation Sheet

Aistear/Montessori Observation Sheet

Weekly Observations (Simple)

Weekly Observations (Detailed)