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Let's Talk, Read and Sing About STEM

By Too Small to Fail

Did you know that you can talk, read and sing about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with your little ones from the moment they are born? Young children are naturally curious about the world around them and you can help them learn STEM concepts and words–simply by talking about your discoveries together. 

These moments can happen anytime and anywhere, through exploration and play. You’re probably already teaching your child early STEM skills through your daily interactions and activities: something as simple as peek-a-boo with your infant or toddler can teach the concept of spatial awareness.

To help parents and caregivers support their children’s learning of early STEM skills and vocabulary, we partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education to provide resources on how to talk, read, and sing about STEM every day. Check out our tip sheets in both English and Spanish!

If you’re curious to know what little ones can learn about science from an early age, check out these science milestones from PBS Parents.   


STEM Activity

Explore STEM at the grocery store!

At the grocery store, discover the smell and feel of different items with your child. You might hold an orange and say, “What does this orange look like? Feel like? It’s round and smooth.”


Tip of the Week

Happy Earth Day! Everyday moments provide opportunities to talk about nature! When you’re outside, talk with your child about the plants or animals around you. You can ask: “what does this feel like? Sound like? Smell like?”

To celebrate Earth Day this weekend, take a nature walk with your child and talk together about what you see! 

In Case You Missed It

Too Small to Fail partnered with ZERO TO THREE and Highlights on a series of videos and a guide highlighting the foundation of early math skills in the first five years of life, and fun, everyday activities parents and caregivers can use to support math early learning. 

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