Skip to main content

25 Awesome STEM Activities

We absolutely love STEM activities in our homeschool. They're a great way to develop problem solving skills and to incorporate more math, science, and engineering into our homeschool week. 


#thebarefootmom


What Is STEM Education?

If your not familiar with the term, STEM stands for: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A STEM activity is any hands on activity incorporating one or more of these areas of study. Often art is also included so you may see the acronym STEAM as well. STEM or STEAM activities often provide opportunities for kids to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Plus they're just fun! Here are 25 of our favorite STEM activities:


25 Awesome STEM Activities:

-Water Cycle In A Bag from Playdough To Plato

-Make A Catapult from Kids Activities 

-Make Your Own Mineral Identification Kit from The Barefoot Mom

-Why Is The Sky Blue? from Rookie Parenting 

-Make A Cloud In A Jar from The Barefoot Mom

-Fireworks In A Jar from I Can Teach My Child 

-Why Don't Rivers Run Straight? from The Barefoot Mom

-Pom Pom Drop STEM Challenge from Coffee Cups And Crayons

-Build An Aircraft Engineering Challenge from The Homeschool Scientist

-How To Build A Leprechaun Trap from The Barefoot Mom

-STEM Straw Bridges from Playdough to Plato

-Make A Simple Home Weather Station from The Barefoot Mom

-Make Magnetic Slime from Frugal Fun For Boys And Girls

-The Egg Drop STEM Challenge from The Barefoot Mom

-Make An Awesome Pulley from Carrots Are Orange

-Aluminum Foil Boat STEM Activity from The Barefoot Mom

-Make A Coin Battery from Teach Beside Me

-Toothpick Gumdrop Geometry from The Barefoot Mom

-DIY Rubber Band Car from Figment Creative Labs

-Rainbow Science from The Barefoot Mom

-Buildable Rock Slime from Left Brain Craft Brain

-Lego STEAM Activities from The Barefoot Mom

-Build A Snack Machine STEM Challenge from Left Brain Craft Brain

-Avian Egg Investigation from The Barefoot Mom

-Hot Ice Science Experiment from Playdough To Plato




Do you use STEM education in your homeschool? What are your favorite STEM activities?





Follow me on:
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram
Twitter

Comments

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Water Relay Races For Kids

I don't know about your kids, but mine absolutely love games involving water and getting wet in the summer time. In  this post I share 5 of our favorite water relay races to play with friends. These are perfect for birthday parties, homeschool get togethers, and other group events. Sponge Relay: For this relay you will need: - 2 teams of several kids each -2 large sponges -4 small buckets or containers of some sort Divide your participants into 2 teams and have each team line up single file at a predetermined starting place.  Hand out a sponge to the first participant in each line. Set a bucket of water by each team. Set an empty bucket about 20 ft away from each team.  The two empty buckets should be the same size and should have a "fill line" marked half way up. On a count of 3 (or ready set go) the first participant in each line should dip their sponge in the bucket of water, run to the empty bucket, squeeze the water from their spo

Learning About The Human Body Part 1: The Skeletal And Muscular Systems

At the end of each school year, I sit down with my daughter to discuss what topics she wants to learn about the next year. One of her science topics she picked to study this year was the human body. Instead of ordering a boxed curriculum set, I decided to put together my own human body unit. In this post I share some of the resources we used for learning about the human skeletal and muscular systems, plus instructions for a couple hands on learning activities. You can find my post about the human respiratory and circulatory systems  here , and my post about the human digestive and nervous systems  here . The Human Skeletal System Our skeletons are the frame of our body. They give us structure, without them our bodies would be limp like noodles. They also provide places for muscles to attach so our bodies can move. Why Does Your Body Need Calcium? Experiment: This is a simple experiment you can do to explore why calcium is important for our bones. You will need: -several clean

40 Things To Look At Under A Microscope

Microscopes are an awesome scientific instrument that all kids should get a chance to learn how to use. There are so many everyday things that look just amazing up close. Under a microscope you can see that many objects that appear solid are actually made up of tiny parts, and that even plants and animals are made of tiny intricate parts. The microscopic world is amazing! In this post I share 40 things to try looking at, up close, under a microscope. 40 Things To Look At Under A Microscope: 1. A feather  2. Soil 3. An insect wing 4. A human hair 5. An animal hair 6. Pond water 7. Diatomacious earth-  diatomacious earth looks SO cool magnified! 8. Cheek swab 9. An insect leg 10. A drop of blood 11. Mold 12. Sand 13. A shaving from a chicken bone- try both a piece of hard bone from the outside and some spongy bone from inside a bone. 14. Kombucha 15. Snake or lizard skin after they shed  16. A flower petal 17. A sliver of wood 18.

Learning to Read is Not a Race

So much emphasis is put on early literacy these days. Many school districts expect children to be reading by the end (or sometimes even the beginning) of kindergarten. While there is certainly nothing wrong with a child learning to read early, not all kids are developmentally ready to read at age 5, and that's okay. In this post I share several reasons why learning to read isn't a race. Developmental Readiness Kids all develop at their own pace. We know this when it comes to learning to walk, or climb the jungle gym, or being ready for slumber parties, but it is often over looked when it comes to learning to read. Not all kids are developmentally there at the same age.   Pushing kids to read before they're ready can cause a lot of frustration and resentment. It can destroy a child's chance to develop a love for reading by turning it into a frustrating chore.  Reading Isn't The Only Way To Learn New Information One of the reasons reading is pushed

Make Your Own Mineral Identification Kit

One of my family's favorite hobbies is rock hounding. We love collecting and trying to identify neat rock and mineral specimens that we come across. You can put together your own simple kit for identifying rocks and minerals with materials you likely already have around your home. In this post I will explain how to put together your own mineral identification kit and how to use it to identify rocks and minerals you find on your adventures. Making a Rock and Mineral ID Kit Grab yourself a printable Rock and Mineral Journal for recording your observations here:  Printable Rock and Mineral Journal ,  and then gather the following supplies: -A pencil -A coin -An iron nail -A piece of glass (an old pocket mirror works well) -A ceramic tile -A small watertight bottle or container -Some vinegar -A magnet  -A magnifying glass -A dropper (optional)  -Rock and mineral guide (optional)  -A small container or bag to keep it all in Fill the small watertight