Bathroom Science: Animal Homes


Putting up STEM questions and activities on the bathroom wall is a great use of available space, while at the same time capitalizing on a captive audience. This month’s theme was Animal Homes, with children challenged to match the animal with its home.  I was somewhat surprised to discover that several children seemed to think that they needed to physically match the pictures. Several times a week I would enter the bathroom to find that the pictures had all been moved around, placing the animals next to, or sometimes on top of, their homes. While it took extra time to reset it frequently (and I learned that masking tap is not necessarily paint-proof), it did tell me that the kids were paying attention and enjoying the display. It also suggests to me that it was slightly older kids interacting with the pictures, since a preschooler or other young child would likely have been in the bathroom with an adult that would have discouraged moving the pictures


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