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Autumn STEM ideas

autumn stem ideas

Autumn (or Fall for our American readers) is well and truly upon us. We love everything about Autumn, from the colourful leaves and cosy clothing to the harvest celebrations and orange pumpkins.

We’ve gathered together our five most Autumnal STEM activities and books in a handy blog post for you to share with your children or school.


sundials & shadows

Sundials and Shadows

How can a shadow help us to tell the time?

Continuing on from the ‘shadow drawing’ activity above, this activity teaches children to tell the time by exploring shadows of different lengths and positions throughout the day.

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Oreo Moons

Oreo Moons

What are the different phases of the moon?

As the nights draw in, we begin to notice the moon in the night sky more and more. In this oreo moon activity, children will create the different phases of the moon using oreo cookies. They will use mathematical language such as half and quarter.

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Counting on Autumn

DESCRIPTION FROM THE PUBLISHER: Do you think maths matters to animals and plants? What if nature knew numbers like you? Explore numbers and different ways of counting in beautiful autumn scenes. Meet squirrels, bears, raccoons, geese and whales as they take you through numeration.

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A First Book of Nature

DESCRIPTION FROM THE PUBLISHER: From beachcombing to stargazing, from watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making berry crumble or a winter bird feast, this is a remarkable book – part poetry, part scrapbook of recipes, facts and fragments – and a glorious reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered. Mark Hearld’s pictures beautifully reproduce the colours of the seasons on woodfree paper, and Nicola Davies’ lyrical words capture the simple loveliness that is everywhere, if only we can look.

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Stanley’s Stick

DESCRIPTION FROM THE PUBLISHER: Stanley’s Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents – glorious poet John Hegley and award-winning illustrator Neal Layton. Stanley’s stick is not just a stick. With a stick in hand, Stanley’s options are endless – he flies to the moon, writes in the sand, goes fishing, plays a whistle and rides a dinosaur – and his imagination takes over and the magic begins.

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Girls Who Looked Under Rocks

DESCRIPTION FROM THE PUBLISHER: Profiles the lives and influences of six female naturalists:

  • Maria Sibylla Merian
  • Anna Botsford Comstock
  • Frances Hamerstrom
  • Rachel Carson
  • Miriam Rothschild
  • Jane Goodall

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How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin

DESCRIPTION FROM THE PUBLISHER: “How many seeds are in a pumpkin?” Mr. Tiffin asks his class as they gather around the big, medium, and small pumpkins on his desk. Robert, the biggest kid, guesses that the largest one has a million seeds; Elinor, sounding like she knows what she’s talking about, guesses the medium one has 500 seeds; and Anna, who likes even numbers better than odd ones, guesses that the little one has 22. Charlie, the smallest boy in the class, doesn’t have a guess.

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