If your kids are like mine, they’re so ready for the first week of summer. But by week 2, boredom has already set in and they start fighting and begging for screen time.. And every year I vow to be more organized about our summer activities before this happens, but I’m juggling working from home, feeding my family, and a million other household chores. So this year I made a list of fun STEM activities for the summer and the game plan is to try a few of them each week.
Why STEM projects? Because they will help prevent summer brain drain and promote a little healthy stimulation. Take the kids out of the classroom setting and they will be amazed to see science, technology, engineering, and math in action in a setting that feels nothing like school.
Create this fun slime to show the power of magnets! You can buy most of the supplies online and be sure to use rare earth magnets as a regular magnet won't do the trick! See more here.
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Stick Raft Building Project
Can you build a raft that really floats? How much weight can your stick raft carry? This STEM challenge is great fun for kids and a super way to get them stretching and developing their skills and engaging with Nature. See more here.
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Paper Plate Marble Maze
In this STEM challenge, kids can create a paper plate marble maze game inspired by pinball machines using just a few common craft supplies and a marble. See more here.
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Egg Drop Engineering Challenge
The goal of the egg drop challenge is to create a container that will safely deposit a raw egg onto the ground when it is dropped from something high. Make sure you have plenty of eggs on hand for this one! See more here.
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Grab the food coloring and some paper towels! This is an easy project to demonstrate color theory to kids. See more here.
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Pom Pom STEM Challenge
Kids can work on the STEM concepts of design, shape, and structure in a fun and hands-on way while designing and testing this pom pom drop. It allows them to test different designs and types of materials and see how gravity effects each. See more here.
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Pretzel and Marshmallow Structures
Break out the s'more snacks and build structures in various heights and dimensions using pretzels and marshmallows! See more here.
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Remember how fun it was to build volcanoes when you were a kid? Introduce your little ones to the fun with this simple sand version! See more here.
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Play Dough Math
Your little will love working on their math skills with this easy play dough activity! See more here.
Surface Tension Experiment
Use milk to educate kids about surface tension! It gets colorful! See more here.
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Overnight Crystal Garden
Your kids can grow their own Epsom salt crystals overnight. It's like magic! See more here.
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Paper Airplane Project
Make a paper airplane that can carry cargo and glide more than ten feet (not be hurled, but actually glide). See more here.
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