Anytime can be the right time to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Explore our favorite experiments, engineering challenges and demonstrations with these fun hands-on STEAM activities! Materials are easy to find, most activities take an hour or less, and the learning is limitless.
EASY STEM CHALLENGES
So if you ask,what does it require for a simple STEAM activity? What materials do I actually need to do fun activities? If I don’t know a whole lot about STEAM, can we still do these activities?
Well, easy activities can look exactly like grabbing items from the pantry, recycling bin, junk drawer, and maybe a trip to the nearby store too. We always like to make sure to do the experiments with a few basic supplies on hand as you will find it easy to use it.
- BUILD A CATAPULT
Time to storm the castle with a homemade catapult that explores many parts of STEAM and that is entirely playful. The kids will come back to this one over and over again. We have several popular versions of the homemade catapult, the best being made out of craft sticks and rubber bands.
- BUILD A BALLOON ROCKET
Oh, the fun you can have with Sir Isaac Newton, a balloon, a straw, and some string. Explore Newton’s Third Law of Motion when you design a balloon rocket. Have races, conduct experiments, and explore physics while you play.
- BUILD STRUCTURES
All you need is a box of toothpicks and a bag of mini marshmallows, gumdrops, or styrofoam peanuts. Turn it into a challenge to build a certain style of a bridge, a famous monument, or simply an abstract creation. Or you can challenge the kids to build a tower 12″ tall (or any other height).
- 100 CUP TOWER CHALLENGE
Grab a bag of 100 cups at the grocery store and challenge the kids to build a tower with all 100! That will keep them busy.
- LEARN BASIC CODING
At ScienceUtsav we help children learn coding with our simple and engaging Scratch online workshop. This is a great introduction to the world of coding using a simple coding platform. Yes, you can teach young kids about computer coding, especially if they are highly interested in computers and how they work.
- Building a marble run
Building marble run is full of design possibilities and really encourages those engineering skills. You can build it on the wall with cardboard tubes and tape, with LEGO bricks on a baseplate, or in a box top with tape, craft sticks, or straws
7. TAKE APART A COMPUTER
Why not sit down and spend some time with the older child deconstructing something. We had an old computer we took apart together. There was so much to learn. Make sure the device has been unused for several weeks or more to be safe.