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25+ Amazing STEM Activities for Kids to Get Them Excited for the School Year
August 30, 2018
The end of August is near so I thought what better way to get kids excited and pumped for school than with an introduction to STEM? STEM or science, technology, engineering, and math activities are a great way for kids to learn about these subjects at an early age. While STEM in itself may sound a bit dry to a child, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to get kids excited about these subjects at home. There are so many home-based experiments you can set up and do with your kids that are affordable, educational and a whole lot of fun!
These are awesome little experiments that will get those little brains thinking and loving STEM! Have them come up with educated guesses about why and how something was happening while predicting what would happen. During or after an experiment, parents can go over the science behind each experiment, answer questions – like how it applies to real life – to really get them excited about STEM! Give them a notebook to record their hypotheses and findings.
Keep reading below for 25 amazing STEM activities for kids to get them excited for the school year.
With just a few household ingredients, kids can grow their own borax name crystals in just a few hours. If your kids are already slime lovers, you probably already have borax at home. You’ll also need pipe cleaners and fishing line for this experiment.
Teach kids about buoyancy with this orange experiment. Have them place an orange in a container of water and watch it float. This is due to the presence of air pockets between the peel and the orange. Have the kids remove the peel from another orange and compare the density difference when the peeled orange sinks to the bottom!
Teach kids the process of water uptake with roses, daisies, and even celery! Just place a few drops of food coloring into a vase filled with water to see the change in the flower petals. White roses tend to have the fastest change overnight, while daisies can take up to 2 weeks to change into the vibrant colors pictured above. Make it a fun game! Have the kids pick out different flowers and attempt guesses as to which flower will alter their petal colors first.
It’s amazing what weather conditions we can recreate in a jar. Have kids create their own mini tornado with dish soap, vinegar, and blue food coloring. Rebecca also includes a super informative video about tornadoes and how they form!
Alka-seltzer, vegetable oil and food coloring are things you probably already have in the home and combined, these ingredients can be used to create a lava lamp. Alka-seltzer reacts in water to form carbon dioxide which results in the creation of bubbles. In turn, the vegetable oil carries the colored water, which actively rises to the top of the container along with the gas. Add a light source for a super cool DIY lava lamp!
Kids can learn about the amazing chemistry behind gases, liquids, and solids with a bar of Ivory soap. Because Ivory soap is whipped when it’s made, it contains air pockets that expand when heated or in this case microwaved. Kids will love this new sensory experience as much as they love the science behind it.
Teach kids about the oxidation process with the help of a bit of salt and vinegar. The green coating known as malachite can take a day to form and sometimes even up to 2 weeks so be prepared to have the kids practice their patience as well!
Next time, you head to the beach grab a bottle of vinegar and some baking soda. This experiment is a less messy alternative to your classic erupting volcano made of paper mache. It’s also much easier to construct and will instantly create an unforgettable beach day.
Eggs, vinegar, and highlighters are all kids need to transform a regular egg into a glowing bouncy ball of fun. With this experiment, kids can learn about the process of osmosis, the permeating of liquid across a semipermeable membrane. Make sure to play with these eggs outdoors since the yolk is still liquid and things can get quite messy if the eggs are bounced hard enough!
Have kids design a protective container to protect their egg when dropped from above. Supply things like cotton, straws, and tape, but let them come up with their own materials for the experiment as well. This is a great way to challenge kids to test new and innovative engineering ideas.
Science is much more fun with fizz. Have kids create their own bath bombs in this easy tutorial. Then let them watch their science experiment in action in the bath as the chemical reaction between citric acid and baking soda releases carbon dioxide to create bubbles.
There are quite a bit more ingredients that go into this sensory experience, but let me tell you – it’s totally worth it! Kids learn about exothermic reactions as well as the purpose of catalysts in this foamy experiment.