5 STEM Activities for Kids
5 STEM Activities for Kids
There’s nothing better than a STEM activity to get your kids using their brains. The best part is that the activities are so much fun, they’ll hardly realize they’re learning critical skills and information. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. The skills your child learns by studying these will teach them to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators. We’ve rounded up five family-friendly STEM activities for you to try out.
We know your kids are too young for their first set of wheels, but that doesn’t mean they can’t create their own. A balloon-powered car is a great way to get them thinking about engineering and working with their hands. We recommend setting out a variety of supplies and letting them experiment to see what works best. Once the cars are done, note the similarities and differences between each child, and then let the races begin!
A paper plate maze is a great way to get the kids thinking while having fun. The best part is that you’re likely to have all the materials around the house! Let each child design their maze with cut up plastic straws. Once they’re carefully glued onto the plate (and dry!) use a marble or any small ball you may have to complete the maze.
This model hand is a fun way to get your kids thinking about what’s happening inside their bodies. You may even inspire them to pursue a career in medicine! The fun of this activity is that they’ll trace their hand, so each will be as unique as them. Click here to learn how to make one!
An egg drop is a tried-and-true activity, that’s perfect now that the weather is getting warmer. This activity works for kids of all ages and is sure to become a family favorite. If you have a big family, split up into teams and get to work creating the egg basket. You can use anything from a solo cup to a cardboard box. After dropping the eggs from a safe height, gather and discuss which methods worked best. You can use this knowledge for the next egg drop!
Springtime is the perfect time to get outside and study the weather. Teach your little ones about the wind by creating anemometers! You can learn how to make them here. Once the anemometers are complete head outside with a timer. You can gauge the wind speed by counting how many times the green cup passes in thirty seconds.
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