Introducing science or STEM concepts to preschoolers can be a daunting task. Like you, I used to think they were too young to learn this stuff! But I discovered that an excellent way to do it is through robots! Yes, kids love the concept of robots. Some may have them as toys or they often see them in cartoons. This rouses their amazement and curiosity about robots. So, we made this Robotic Hand STEM Simulation to help preschoolers understand this basic STEM concept! Check this out and see how you and your preschooler can learn something new today while having fun!
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This Robotic Hand STEM Simulation will surely amaze little kids (and even adults!) because simple materials resulted in a real, moving robot hand! Be ready to capture their curious, amazed, and shocked expressions! And best of all, be ready and patient in answering their questions. You can ask them questions too to stimulate their thinking and to help you understand their ideas.
Materials for Robotic Hand STEM Simulation project:
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Procedure for the Robotic Hand STEM Simulation:
Step 1 Gather the materials needed. Trace one hand in a piece of colored paper, then cut it out.
Step 2 Cut some straws into small pieces, about less than an inch each. Then cut 5 strands of ribbons or strings, each measuring about half a meter. Attach one end of a ribbon to the outer part of a straw, then use double-sided tape to secure them together at the fingertip of your cutout hand! Do the same on all 5 fingers.
Step 3 Attach more straw along the fingers down to the palms of the cutout hand. Leave some spaces for easier threading.
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Step 4 Now, let’s do some threading practice! Hold the other end of the ribbon, then insert it inside the first straw at the fingertip. Insert it again on the next straw, and continue down to the straws at the palm. Do the same on all 5 fingers.
Step 5 All 5 ribbon strands meet at the bottom now. Use rolled colored paper or cardboard or anything sturdy for the arm. You can also use a plastic pipe or tube if you have one. Insert the ribbons inside. Then, attach the hand to the arm.
Step 6 Try to pull the ribbons and see what happens!
What will my preschooler learn with the Robotic Hand STEM Simulation?
Kids are curious beings and they have probably asked you a lot of times how this or that works. This Robotic Hand STEM Simulation is a good way to explain and show how robots move or how their hands work. It also helps develop their logical thinking and language as you exchange questions and answers about this project. The Robotic Hand STEM Simulation also promotes hand and eye coordination and fine motor development through cutting, tracing, and threading.
For more robot-themed activities, you might also want to try Robot Stacking! Check out our blog Robot Stacking — An Easy STEM Activity for Preschoolers. I also shared some simple ideas on How to Teach Coding and Robotics to Preschoolers in this blog post.
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