Are you looking for a way to spark curiosity and learning for your kids? Try these exciting at home STEM activities. From coding to pollination, you and your children will be thrilled with the fun and educational projects they can do at home!

What is STEM?

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STEM refers to the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics activities. These are subjects that are becoming increasingly crucial in today's world given their numerous benefits to real-life applications. STEM is an interdisciplinary approach that aims at preparing learners for the challenges of tomorrow by exposing them early to real-world problem-solving skills.

To inspire curiosity and learning among kids, STEM activities should be both exciting and practical. Encourage experimentation through hands-on activities like building kits, creating puzzles, or conducting other experiments at home. This helps to assist children in developing critical thinking and problem solving abilities while having fun.

In addition to traditional approaches like ready-made kits, leverage the power of technology by downloading educational apps or accessing informative websites on the internet. The versatility of technology makes it possible to perform simpler experiments or attend lessons virtually from anywhere.

For younger children with a shorter attention span, consider combining short activities that can quickly capture their imaginations. You can theme these short bursts around everyday experiences like cooking or outdoor exploration, looking for opportunities to incorporate teachable moments that will get them curious about Science topics.

In summary, inspiring curiosity and learning among kids involves utilizing strategies that appeal to their interests while enhancing STEM capabilities. Expose them early to hands-on activities and technology touchpoints while keeping them engaged with diversified options like playful themes. Encouraging learning will both promote general intelligence and give children invaluable skills they'll apply throughout life.

Why just play when you can play and learn at the same time? STEM concepts are just a game away!

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Exploring STEM concepts through play

Interest children in developing critical thinking through STEM by encouraging curiosity and problem-solving in a playful manner. STEM concepts can be explored through a variety of hands-on activities that capture the imagination and foster creativity.

Children can learn important skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, logical reasoning, and decision-making all while still having fun.

One way to explore STEM concepts is through building blocks or Lego sets that require planning, spatial awareness, and creative vision. Children can also try circuit building using an electronics kit to learn basic electrical engineering concepts.

Another fun activity incorporates science experiments in the kitchen, like magnetic slime or other baking soda and vinegar reactions.

Children can enjoy using robotics kits to build and program robots, which encourages inquiry-based learning.

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By promoting STEM activities, you can help your child acquire crucial cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills that will benefit them throughout their future studies and career options. These activities inspire curiosity and tap into a child's sense of wonder while nurturing an early understanding of science-related subjects which are necessary for modern life.

SciShow Kids YouTube channel has lots of great short educational videos for kids like this 7 minute video titled "How Will We Get To Mars?"

Who needs a classroom when you can turn your home into a STEM laboratory and unleash your inner mad scientist?

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Creative STEM learning at home

Exploring the Possibilities of STEM Activities for Kids at Home: Igniting Curiosity & Creativity

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is an interdisciplinary curriculum that teaches students critical thinking and problem-solving skills. With easy stem activities for kids available at home, children can engage in fun science projects. Parents can inspire children by creating kits to help them stay connected with STEM learning.

STEM activities for all ages not only bring joy and delight but also increase a child's potential in innovation.

From simple balloon rocket experiments for preschoolers to building robots using Arduino boards for teenagers, the possibilities are endless. Exciting experiments into interactive activities can spark interest and enhance engagement.

Hands-on experimentation provides students with an opportunity to test hypotheses while also learning real-world applications of science concepts.

kid using arduino board to code robot car at home

It is fascinating to guide children through the history of invention which gives an insight into the early days of scientific discoveries.

Thomas Edison was one such pioneer who created light bulbs that eventually revolutionized the world. His experiments were simple yet effective- his relentless experimentation led him to materials capable of sustaining high temperatures, something vital in electrical conduction.

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The best way to encourage kids towards innovation is through exciting experiments to spark their curiosity and trigger discovery-driven learning giving them a platform for lifetime success!

Facts about Thomas Edison for Kids:

Get ready for some gravity-defying fun with the Marble Run Maze - perfect for kids who love to make things roll!

Marble Run Maze

Paper Maze for Marbles

Construct a Marble Labyrinth

A Marble Run Maze is an engineering activity that involves designing and building a maze for marbles to roll through. Whether building their own or playing with a premade kit, kids can learn basic physics concepts, like speed, velocity, gravity, and momentum while enjoying the fun.

To make a Marble Run Maze, follow these 6 steps:

  1. Choose materials like cardboard tubes, PVC pipes or wooden blocks.
  2. Create the maze by cutting or drilling holes in the material for the marbles to go through.
  3. Make multiple paths and s-curves to add complexity to the maze.
  4. Add ramps or jumps by using inclines or plastic tubing to create a track that changes elevations.
  5. Test your labyrinth design with different sizes of marble balls.
  6. Finally, make improvements or redesign the maze if needed.

DIY marble mazes can be personalized with different colors, themes, and decorations. These designs can range from simple structures for younger children to complex designs for high school science projects.

Encourage kids to enjoy learning how objects move with a marble labyrinth activity. Use this as an opportunity to teach them some valuable lessons about science and engineering.

Some suggestions for variations on this activity include changing material or adding new obstacles like fans or levers. Each variation works by arousing creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills in children that will grow as they do!

Basic Coding with Legos

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Developing Basic Programming Skills with Lego Blocks

Legos and blocks are a fantastic tool to teach kids the essential modern skill of coding. By creating and designing simple pathways for mini-figures, young minds can learn basic programming concepts like sequence, loops and conditions in a fun way. Through the creation of small block-based programs, these activities offer children an opportunity to learn basic coding principles while also unleashing their creativity.

Here's a 3 Step Guide on how you can introduce your child to coding with legos:

  1. Create instructions: Ask your child to build something with Lego blocks first. Then ask them to write down instructions for the build process as if they were telling someone else how to make it from scratch.
  2. Use Instructions to code: After writing out the instructions, challenge your child by asking them to create a "code" which involves using symbols (such as arrows) instead of letters and numbers. If they can't write yet, you can help them out by writing it down for them as you discuss it. Using these coded instructions, they can challenge their friends or practice building and following steps by themselves.
  3. Add Complexity: Once your child completes their first set of instructions, you can move onto more complex scenarios that involve decision-making processes or loops wherein blocks repeat certain actions multiple times until new conditions are met. An example of such action could be "keep adding blocks till the tower is as tall as a cup".

These Lego coding activities will introduce children to fundamental concepts that form the basis of language-neutral written code (HTML/CSS tags). They’re appropriate for beginners around six years or older with no prior experience in learning programming languages.

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Coding for Kids by Elliot Davis

As per research studies conducted by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “learning through play” helps students engage more productively rather than simply memorizing formulae or algorithm designs at length. By incorporating "fun" elements that encourage creative thinking and exercises which make the child think beyond a cursory set of instructions, we can make sure they stay motivated while learning important topics like basic coding.

Solar Oven Build

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LunchBoxDad worked with The Home Depot to put together this simple tutorial video on making a solar oven:

Using the power of the sun, you can cook delicious food with our 'Sun-Powered Oven Build'. Create a simple oven by taking a box and lining it with aluminum foil.

Follow the steps below to start cooking your meals using this renewable energy source.

  1. Gather Materials: You will need a cardboard box, scissors, black construction paper, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, tape or glue, and a pencil or other object for propping the window open.
  2. Cut the Box: Cut a window/door in the top of a box on just 3 sides (so the foil can reflect more light down from the top.
  3. Line with Foil: Tape or glue aluminum foil on all sides of the inside of the box (including the window).
  4. Add Insulation: Tape or glue some black construction paper to the bottom of the box to increase the temperature.
  5. Cover with Plastic Wrap: Tape or glue plastic wrap over the window of the box on the outside and inside of the box.
  6. Cook Your Food: Set your chosen food in the box and place it in direct sunlight for several hours.

S'mores are a popular option for doing this with kids, but there's plenty of recipes out there if you'd like to try something more challenging.

This project is a fun way to engage kids in science and cooking while learning about solar energy.

Remember to have adult supervision while making and using your new Sun-Powered Oven.

DIY How To Make a Solar Oven by Sharon Buydens Amazon link
DIY: How To Make a Solar Oven by Sharon Buydens 

Solar cooking is not only an eco-friendly alternative but also creates less heat within homes during summer months.

According to Solar Cookers International, "solar cooking is widely used throughout Asia and Africa where access to fuel sources may be limited".

For an upscale Solar Oven parents will proudly use in the backyard for outdoor cooking, without breaking the bank, check out this 8 minute DIY video on the best $35 Solar Oven:

Ice Cream in a Bag

Crafting some Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

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Whip up some delicious ice cream at home without an ice cream maker using a simple and fun experiment known as 'Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag' (very creative, we know).

This activity is not only a tasty way to beat the heat but also introduces kids to basic chemistry principles like freezing point depression and the different phases of matter.

Follow these 3 easy steps to make your own yummy treat at home:

  1. Gather Materials: You will need 1/2 cup of milk or cream, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, two sealable plastic bags (one quart-sized, one gallon-sized), 4 cups of ice cubes, and rock salt.
  2. Mix Ingredients and Freeze: In the quart-sized bag, mix together the milk, sugar, and vanilla extract before sealing it tightly. Fill the gallon-sized bag with the ice cubes before adding in about 1/2 cup of salt. Place the sealed quart-sized bag inside the gallon bag and carefully seal the large bag.
  3. Shake Up Some Fun: Shake the bag vigorously for at least five minutes (probably closer to 10) until you notice that the liquid inside has turned into solid ice cream.

This activity is an easy way for parents to entertain their children while teaching them about science concepts related to food preparation. It also encourages creativity by allowing kids to experiment with various flavors and textures by adding ingredients like cocoa powder, sprinkles, or frozen fruit.

Don't miss out on this exciting STEM activity for kids! Try making 'Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag' today and discover how yummy learning science can be.

Why let gravity have all the fun? Add some air resistance to your falling experiments and create a little chaos at home!

Falling with Air Resistance

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Understanding Terminal Velocity: The Effect of Air Resistance on Falling Objects

When an object falls, air resistance is the upward force acting against gravity that determines how quickly it falls. This has significant implications for science and physics, with terminal velocity being a crucial part of free-fall experiments.

To demonstrate this scientific concept at home, try making a parachute from simple materials like a plastic bag, paper, light cloth, and yarn or string.


1. Tie the strings to the four corners of the material and secure a small but heavy object in the middle using tape or the string itself (try a quarter, marble, magnet, or other small object).

2. Climb onto a chair or ladder and hold your parachute up high before letting go.

3. Use a timer to measure how long it takes to reach the ground.

Jessi and Squeaks from SciShow Kids use coffee filters and small cups to do a quick experiment on drag here:

By changing the size or shape of your parachute or using different materials, you can observe how air resistance affects the speed at which it falls. This STEM activity encourages children to think creatively while learning about key scientific concepts in an engaging and hands-on way.

For additional challenges, try measuring the time taken for objects that are denser or have different weights. You could use balls made of different materials or weights hanging from balloons to demonstrate these principles further.

True story: Researchers investigating ways to improve aircraft design found that by incorporating features designed specifically to reduce drag (air resistance), they were able to significantly increase fuel efficiency and reduce noise pollution. Understanding fluid mechanics was critical in their work as it allowed them to optimize airflow over surfaces in new ways.

Build a Nest

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Creating a Cozy Home for Feathered Creatures

This STEM activity involves building a bird's nest using natural materials, like leaves, twigs, and feathers. Not only will this activity help children learn about the science involved in bird nesting and the importance of providing shelter for living creatures, but it also promotes creativity and resourcefulness.

kids searching outside with magnifying glass for natural materials

Here's a 6-step guide to creating your DIY bird nest:

  1. Start by collecting natural materials outside like twigs, leaves, grasses, and feathers.
  2. Mix the materials together to form a cozy nest bed. Use the string or thin branches to tie sticks together to form a sturdy foundation.
  3. Add on top of this foundation a layer of soft materials like moss, wool or cotton.
  4. You could add an inner lining of feather down if available.
  5. Decorate in any other way that your child desires to personalize it. You can add some fake flowers or cut out flowers with safety scissors and brightly colored construction paper, you could let them paint some of the sticks or leaves before weaving the materials together, or even let them glue on some glitter if you're feeling really bold!

Encourage children to observe which types of birds are attracted what kinds of nests and how these animals behave in them.

Have them read books or watch documentaries about birds and their fascinating lifestyles.

link to National Geographic Kids Little Kids First Big Book of Birds
National Geographic Kids Little Kids First Big Book of Birds

Learn how to help birds in your neighborhood by putting out nest materials and bird seed for them:

Once while trying his hands-on building a delicate birdhouse, John accidentally cracked its shelf but later some finch birds made it their home anyway proving that maybe beautiful homes come in all forms!

Magnetic Slime Adventure

Magnetic putty, also known as magnetic slime, this non-newtonian fluid is a fascinating material that can be enjoyed by kids at home.

For the full article on our experience with Magnetic Putty, click here:

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The simplest version:

Magnetic Putty Adventure:

  • Start by creating your own magnetic putty using a mixture of iron oxide powder, school glue, and liquid starch.
  • Experiment with magnetism by placing different magnets near the putty and observing its behavior.
  • Explore the concept of magnetic fields and show your kids the "invisible lines" all around us every day.
  • Try making different shapes and seeing how the putty reacts differently to different forces.

When planning your Magnetic Putty Play experience, it's important to consider safety precautions like keeping small magnets away from young children who may swallow them.

DIY Magnetic Putty YouTube tutorial:

Magic Milk

Discover the Science of Surface Tension

Magic Milk Surface Tension Experiment

Experience and understand the concept of surface tension through an exciting STEM activity - Magic Milk. Witness how various colors react when dripped into milk using dish soap.

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  • Fill a shallow dish with milk
  • Add a few drops of food coloring into the dish
  • Dip a cotton swab in dish soap and touch it to the milk's surface.
  • Watch as the dish soap breaks apart surface tension, causing the colors to move around in mesmerising patterns.

This fun and easy science experiment provides a great learning opportunity for children to explore surface tension, emulsifiers, and chemical reactions.

Through this activity, kids can learn about surface tension's role in keeping things together as well as breaking them apart. The movements of color through milk demonstrate its properties as an emulsion.

Watch how much our daughter enjoyed this science experiment:

Volcano Fun

kids making volcano at home

Witnessing the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar is exciting for kids, and it becomes even more fun when combined with volcano-related materials.

  • Kids can create a model volcano by using Play-Doh or paper mache.
  • They can add red or orange food coloring to the vinegar to give the impression of a lava eruption.
  • Using different amounts of baking soda and vinegar helps children understand the concept of chemical reactions.
  • Parents can encourage children to verbalize their hypothesis before conducting the hands-on experiment to feel more "official" and emphasize that "real work" can be fun at the same time.

Unlike some other STEM activities, the Volcano Fun experiment ignites curiosity on its own (see what we did there!?!), sparking new questions about natural phenomena in your childs imagination.

Experience the Power of Pollination

The marvels of Pollination: An NLP exploration

bee on flower pollinating

Pollination is a natural process that permits the reproduction of many plants. Children can learn about this fascinating phenomenon through fun STEM activities at home, teaching them how bees and other pollinators help plants grow.

Check out this simple but fun "cheese powder pollination activity for kids" over at that inspired our own pollination education activities.

Cheese Powder Pollination Activity for Kids
Try this unique cheese powder pollination activity for kids to demonstrate how butterflies and insects help plants grow! It’s high engagement fun ideal for students in 2nd, and 3rd grade learning about pollination, the life cycle of plants and the butterfly life cycle.

Pollinate Those Flowers


  1. Playdough or modeling clay (in different colors)
  2. Small plastic pollinator insects (bees, butterflies, or ladybugs)
  3. Flower shaped cookie cutters or molds


Begin by explaining to the kids that pollination is how flowers make seeds and new plants. Tell them that pollinators, like bees and butterflies, help with this process by carrying pollen from one flower to another.

Provide the kids with different colors of playdough or modeling clay. Show them how to shape the playdough into flowers or use flower-shaped cookie cutters or molds to create the base flower shape.

Demonstrate how the plastic insects can "collect" and "transfer" pollen. Have the kids press the insects gently into the centers of the playdough flowers, mimicking how real pollinators land on flowers to collect nectar and pollen.

Encourage the kids to move the insects from one flower to another, gently pressing them into different flowers. This represents the transfer of pollen from the pollinator to the flower.

As they play, engage the kids in conversations about the role of pollinators, the importance of pollination, and how it helps plants grow and produce fruits and seeds.

This hands-on activity allows kids to use their creativity and imagination while exploring the concept of pollination. It also provides a tangible representation of the process and encourages fine motor skills development through shaping the playdough and manipulating the plastic insects.

For related activities:

  • Build bee models and explore the importance of bees in pollination.
  • Put out some hive alive or other bee food near a local colony.
  • Plant flowers that butterflies and bees are naturally attracted to.

This Homeschool Pop video on pollination for kids does a great job (in our opinion) of explaining pollination to kids in just 6 minutes.

Explore the world of natural science together with your children by inspiring their curiosity through these exciting STEM activities.

Did you know? According to a report published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), up to $577 billion worth of global crops annually rely on pollinators.

link to article on pollinators and our food supply

In Conclusion

STEM activities not only provide an enjoyable way for kids to learn but also equip them with essential skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, logical reasoning, and decision-making. Whether it's building structures with blocks, experimenting with circuit building, or conducting science experiments in the kitchen, children can gain valuable knowledge while having a blast.

By promoting STEM activities, parents can help their children develop crucial cognitive, analytical, and problem-solving skills that will benefit them in their future studies and career options. STEM activities inspire curiosity and tap into a child's sense of wonder while nurturing an early understanding of science-related subjects that are essential for modern life.

So why settle for just playtime when you can combine play and learning with STEM activities?

Whether it's building marble mazes, learning basic coding with Legos, creating solar ovens, or exploring the wonders of pollination, STEM concepts are just a game away.

Through exciting STEM activities, parents can turn their homes into STEM laboratories, unleashing their child's inner mad scientist and providing endless opportunities for exploration, discovery, and lifelong success!

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STEM Activities Questions and Answers

What are some examples of STEM activities I can do with my kids at home?

There are many examples of STEM activities you can do with your kids at home, including building a marshmallow tower, creating a volcano, making slime, building robots, conducting science experiments, and programming video games.

How can STEM activities benefit my child?

STEM activities can help your child develop important skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration. These skills can be highly beneficial in school and in future careers.

Do I need to have a science background to do STEM activities with my child?

No, you do not need to have a science background to do STEM activities with your child. Many STEM activities are designed to be easy to understand and follow, even for those without a strong science background. 

Can STEM activities be done with materials found around the house?

Yes, many STEM activities can be done with materials found around the house. For example, you can use empty plastic bottles, paper plates, balloons, and food coloring to conduct science experiments and build projects.

At what age can my child start doing STEM activities?

Children can start doing STEM activities at a very young age, even as early as preschool. There are many STEM activities that are designed specifically for young children, like building blocks and shape puzzles.

Are there any online resources for finding STEM activities for my child?

Yes, there are many online resources for finding STEM activities for your child, including websites, blogs, and social media accounts. Some popular resources include Science Buddies, the STEM laboratory, and Steve Spangler Science.