Storytimes, STEM & Summer Sites 2015

Summer Fun with Growing Green Hearts  Here’s a sample of what Growing Green Hearts has been up to… Growing Green Hearts kicked off the summer by providing nature-based programming with MELSA libraries in May, June, and July.  Oh the joy on a child’s face when their fingers are in the cool summer soil with tiny […]

STEM Gone Wrong…and How to Fix It!

3 Common STEM Mistakes (and how to fix them) A decade ago, when “STEM” was more likely used to talk about plant parts or wine glasses than  Science Technology Engineering and Math – the idea of blending subjects under one theme was called “interdisciplinary teaching.”  What makes STEM more than just a buzzword or a […]

Creation Care Bingo

Click to get the Creation Care Bingo by GGH. How do faith and science connect?  This creation care bingo game is a hands-on way to explore caring for God’s creation outside the worship space.  Get to know how you can make a difference on a daily basis with five categories:  the 5R’s , energy, water, places, […]

Alphabet Soup: STEM, STEAM, E-STEM

What is  ESTEAM?  E-STEM?  STEM?  STEM = science, technology, engineering, math E-STEM = environmental science, science, technology, engineering, and math ESTEAM = environment/earth sciences, science, technology, engineering, art, math Anna Dutke’s nature-based preschool students in the Prior Lake Savage school district are using the hands-on brains-on ESTEAM approach to playing and learning.  The outdoor mud […]

COOKIES + SCIENCE = FUN!

Kitchen Science with Growing Green Hearts:  Chocolate, Cookies, & Crystals Kitchen science is always hands-on, usually messy, and sometimes filled with surprises.  Here are some science vocabulary words, background information and questions to keep the fun and learning rolling out as fast as your cookie cutters can cut! When thinking about ingredients and tools used […]

How do squirrels stay warm up there?

Air, Insulation & Heat-trappers Keep Squirrels Warm How do squirrels stay warm when they sleep?  Do you think that acorns and fur are enough to keep a squirrel from freezing on chilly nights?  How is a squirrel’s nest similar to your snuggly bed?  Taking a closer look at a squirrel’s nest of leaves high in […]

Autumn Leaf Lessons: Awesome & Mysterious!

Tricks & Treats That Leaves Teach Us Why do leaves change color?  What causes seasons?  Why are some leaves yellow and some leaves red?  What makes the leaves crunch so much?  The first step of the scientific method is to ask a question…so keep kids asking!  Some questions are testable with an experiment.  Other questions […]

9 Cool Green Fun State Fair Stop Spots

Outdoorsy Fair Highlights 2014 While born and raised in the land of 10,000 lakes, I’ve also lived in Washington, North Dakota, and Hawaii.  A family trip to the Minnesota State Fair proves again that Minnesotans know how to GET OUTSIDE!  Despite a stormy morning, puddles on the ground, and air thick with humidity fair-goers were […]

State Fair Nature Play

Natural Playgrounds Taking Root The “Great Minnesota Get-Together” will have a natural playground in 2014!  Research (C&NN) shows that combining fresh air, natural materials and power of play leads to physical and mental health benefits for children.   Natural Playgrounds are popping up in backyards, schools, nature centers, childcare centers, and churches across the state.  This […]

Is STEM for you? YES!

STEM is Bubblin’ HOT! A hot topic in education right now is STEM.  Schools across the country are adopting the blending of science, technology, engineering and math into topic-based units and projects.  Many educators take it further by adding art, turning STEM into STEAM.  Growing Green Hearts has been teaching STEM/STEAM for years and works […]