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Set Up Your Own Creation Station STEAM Table

I like my kids to have access to lots of materials for creating and building whenever inspiration strikes. That's why I recently set up a Creation Station STEAM Table in our homeschool space. The idea is to keep the table stocked with materials for building projects, creating art, and working on simple science, that my kids can use anytime they have a little free time.



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Why Set Up A Creation Station?


Kids need unstructured time to just experiment and create without instruction or adult interference.  It's those times that kids learn to problem solve, build self confidence, and develop critical thinking skills.

I love how creative my kids can be when left to work on their own ideas. Recently my daughter designed and sewed a gown for one of her Barbie dolls. I was blown away by her finished product. It was so creative! And she made it completely on her own which made her feel really proud of herself.



How To Set Up A Creation Station STEAM Table


First, find a space to use. A corner of your learning space or even a corner of your dining room will work great. Set up a decent size table with plenty of room for stocking with supplies and working.

Then find materials to stock the table with. Some materials we often keep on our Creation Station table are:

-Construction paper
-Scissors 
-Glue
-Tape
-Markers
-Colored Pencils 
-Crayons
-Toilet paper rolls and paper towel     rolls
-Rubber bands
-Pipe cleaners
-Pom poms
-Craft sticks
-Watercolors
-Sewing supplies 
-Beads and string
-Magnifying glasses
-Rocks and minerals we've collected
-Kinetic sand
-A small basket of Legos

Pretty much any material you feel safe letting your kids build and create with!



Organizing Your Creation Station STEAM Table


You can organize your materials for your table however you want. I keep a large bin at the far end of our table for random loose materials like toilet paper rolls, rolls of string, duct tape, pipe cleaners, etc...

I keep pens, markers, scissors, glue sticks, etc in a couple small baskets along the back of the table. We keep sewing supplies and jewelry making supplies in a couple plastic bins with lids.

If you have toddlers or young children in your home, you may want to keep supplies that you don't want them having access to in containers with tight fitting lids or in a nearby cupboard or cabinet. We usually keep tiny or sharp things like the beads and our sewing kit in the cupboard above our Creation Station table so my two year old can't access them.

And that's it! Once your table is set up and stocked your kids can get busy building and creating!



A Peak At Our STEAM Table:




Our rock painting station


My daughter's rock collection, some geodes we were recently given, and a basket full of pens, colored pencils, scissors, and paste.


Sewing kit, art kits, and coloring books


I keep a large bin at the far end of our table full of random STEAM supplies like paper towel rolls, string, a container of beads, clean aluminum cans, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, etc...






If you enjoyed this post, check out:

-Lego STEAM Activities 

-Toothpick Gumdrop Geometry


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  1. Been thinking about doing something like this...giving them a bunch of materials and letting them create and invent.

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