PODCAST #8 – Toddler STEAM: Art and Explosions for Babies

The Essex 2020 Podcast number 8. Toddler STEAM

The Essex 2020 podcast

In this series, we go behind the scenes of the UK’s biggest celebration of science and creativity.  In each episode, Essex 2020 project director Richard Freeman meets some of the brilliant people and organisations who are working to create, inspire and discover Essex’s past, present and future. 

In this episode: Sandra Beale from Toddler STEAM



Mum of three Sandra Beale has been running hugely popular Toddler STEAM sessions for pre-schoolers monthly at Saffron Walden Museum and weekly from her own home. In light of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions and school closures she has taken these sessions online.

From explosions to space exploration, painting to engineering – Sandra develops lessons tailor made for 0-5 year olds and their parents to start their love of science + creativity.

Richard Freeman talks to Sandra about the origins of Toddler STEAM, why science and creativity go hand-in-hand and how she took the home workshops in to a new online learning space.


Useful links

Spotlight On… Toddler STEAM

Toddler STEAM online events

Mum to teach toddlers science as it is marked countywide

Little scientists are getting hands on with experiments at group for bright sparks


Sandra Beale is a perfect example of a pioneering Essex woman. Do YOU know any incredible women in Essex? If so we’d love to hear from you.

Read our story to find out how to nominate your #PioneeringEssexWomen and they might be in with the chance (if they want to, of course) to be photographed by professional photographer Mark Massey as part of his Essexism project.


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Essex 2020 is an Essex Partners initiative. This is an always possible podcast.

The interviewer was Richard Freeman for always possible and the producer was Chris Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts