Careers in math, science, technology, and engineering are more in demand than ever. Because of this, STEM subjects have experienced a resurgence in recent years. Learning or applying STEM skills doesn’t have to feel like school, however; get the most out of playtime with your kids by completing these STEM crafts and projects.
Drawings and letters made in invisible ink have been entertaining children for decades; teach your own children the magic of invisible ink using simple items and ingredients from around your home. With lemon juice, paper, cotton swabs, and a lightbulb, kids can learn about chemical reactions – and have fun in the process.
Forget rubber duckies – bath bombs are what make bath time lots of fun! While the ingredients for this project may require an additional trip to the store, kids of all ages will enjoy mixing and making these colorful bath toys. For additional fun, experiment with different colors, scents, or even hiding small toys inside.
Zip line toy transporter
Kids will enjoy using gravity to their advantage to move toys from one side of the room to another! This project incorporates several different science concepts including simple machines, resistance, and gravity; kids will have so much fun playing with their new toy transporter they’ll forget they’re learning science at the same time.
Pentominoes are shapes created by joining five equal squares edge to edge; challenge your child to create 12 unique shapes or give them a pentominoes template to follow. Glue the squares together and paint the new shapes, then begin experimenting fitting the shapes together to create larger, different squares and rectangles.
Pocket nature collection
Spending time outdoors is a great way to spend time together as a family while enjoying nature. Get the most out of your nature walks by creating a pocket nature collection. Have kids decorate Altoid tins or other small metal containers using paper, paint, markers, or other materials. Fill the boxes with small collections such as shells, rocks, leaves, or other similar treasures found in nature.
An abacus is a learning tool and can particularly useful for young children as they learn how to count. Kids can create their own using homemade paper beads, pipe cleaners, and an old photo frame. This interactive, colorful abacus can make math activities more fun and allow them to express their creativity at the same time.