Are you looking for STEM enrichment activities for kids? This site is packed with fun, easy, play-tested projects that work, whether you’re a parent of one or a teacher of many.
Activities include art projects, crafts, songs, games, books, science experiments, building projects, free printable posters, and more. To read the most recent post, click here. Or, click on a topic below.
- Earth and Space Science:
- Life Science:
- Physical Science:
- Math and Engineering: Measurement; What is an Inventor?
- More fun stuff: There are additional posts on STEM topics and on outdoor/nature education on my blog More Good Days with Kids, including information on how to build your own: wind tube, scarf cannon, and ball wall/water wall.
How the activities were developed & play-tested:
I teach a STEM enrichment class called Family Inventors’ Lab, which focuses on hands-on learning and exploration of ideas from science, engineering, and nature. It is a multi-age, parent-child class for preschool to elementary age kids, from 2.5 – 7 years old. The focus is on tinkering: making things, testing them, re-building them, testing again, and learning in the process. Most projects use only free or low cost materials, most of which you already have. Our goal is to encourage families to “try this again at home” and make experimenting and tinkering a part of their daily lives. We do use a few special themed toys, like our toy conveyor belt, Archimedean screw and domino train. We have a new theme for each week’s lesson plan, which are clustered into units that last 2 – 6 weeks.
Every post on this site contains enough easy activity ideas for a 2 hour long class on that theme. If you’re a homeschooling parent or a preschool that meets multiple times a week, you might choose to do a few theme activities each day throughout a one-week curriculum unit on the theme. If you’re planning a science themed birthday party, you might choose simple activities from a variety of themes.
Inspiration for the activities comes from many places, including blogs and websites (I’ve pinned lots of my favorite ideas at www.pinterest.com/bcparented/), children’s museums and science museums that we visit, and books such as Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors and The Curious Kid’s Science Book, the Growing Up Wild Activity Book, and the clever minds of my co-teachers, Cym, Debra, and Peter. I will frequently link to other helpful sites in my posts. I also include Amazon Affiliate links, in case you want to learn more about products or books that I refer to. However, rather than buying those products, I generally recommend you get your books from your local library, and use items out of the recycling bin or re-useable goods from thrift shops as much as possible!
If you live anywhere other than Western Washington, you are welcome to use any idea that I share in the Inventors of Tomorrow series, even including the full lesson plans. If you work in King County: It’s OK to use some of the individual ideas here – after all, I got many of them from the generosity of other people sharing ideas on the world wide web… but I ask that you do not duplicate our curriculum in any class offered in King County. Thanks!
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