We know, we know, summer just started, but we also get that kids get bored really fast, because same. So we put together a list of STEM activities that kids are sure to love and learn from. What more could a tiny human ask for? Let’s take a look.
Oh, hey, one more thing before we get too far into this! If you plan on doing a lot of STEM projects with your kiddos this summer, we highly recommend keeping a STEM binder or STEM notebook so your little scientists can get used to recording data and ideas as they go.
Exploding Paint Rockets
We suspect that if you ever so much as mutter the word “exploding”, the tiny humans around you will be all in. All you need to execute this STEM art project are some mason jars, canisters, Alka Seltzer tabs, paint, and a canvas or poster board. What we love about this project, aside from kids learning science and math, is that kids can make this totally their own by choosing their colors, opting to change variables to make as many canvases as they want, and there is no better clean up procedure than hopping into the pool or turning the sprinkler on. Get the full instructions here
Gardening is a great way to get outside, get some sunshine, and enjoy some fresh air. Oh, and a great way to get super dirty, kids love that. Seed bombs are super simple to make and remember that STEM notebook we mentioned earlier? This is the project to introduce kiddos to daily observations and recordings, and we have a feeling the day the bomb bursts will be an exciting day for everyone involved. Get the full instructions here!
Galaxy Sugar Crystals
Whether you’re 9 or 99, the solar system is just cool, but what if you could incorporate an edible galaxy? All you need to make your very own edible crystal galaxy is sugar, water, food coloring, edible gold sprinkles, and mason jars. Get the full instructions here!
Another great way to get outside in the sunshine is to study bugs, and studying bugs is an awesome way to get kids interested in science, biology, and nature, so it’s an all-around win in our opinion. There are a million fun things that can be done with bug jars, such as going on a scavenger hunt or creating habitats for bugs you find in your own backyard! (Just make sure you don’t try to capture something that’s endangered!) Get the full instructions and all of the ideas here.