Pulleys are simple machines that have been used to help humans construct large buildings and structures for thousands of years. Pulleys are an example of how engineering and physics work together to make a job easier. Kids can learn more about engineering and physics by playing with pulleys. Try this fun pulley physics activity and let your kids make their very own DIY pulley system.
This post contains affiliate links. Circuits may seem like advanced electrical engineering, but kids can learn the basics of circuits thanks to kits like the Circuit Scribe kit. Use these directions to make your own light-up circuit maze for a fun and exciting STEM activity for kids and a lesson in electrical engineering. Related post: Christmas Lights STEM Activity Circuit Maze Supplies Circuit Scribe kit
This post contains affiliate links. Try this fun STEM activity to help your kids learn about surface tension, water striders, and physics. They will love getting creative and playing with water! I love experiment and STEM activity books. They are a great way to teach science and to develop independent learners. My bookshelves are full of them! Some of my books are broad-based and general.
Are you looking for Earth Day STEM activities to celebrate in a lasting and meaningful way? Try out these 20 fun, hands-on STEM activities that will get kids thinking about the how our actions affect the Earth. They will learn about recycling, composting, plant growth, global warming, and more. Earth Day STEM Earth Day Equivalent Fraction Free Printable Pack from Life Over C’s Sort the
This post contains affiliate links. One of our favorite things about Christmas is the lights. No other holiday uses lights as decorations like Christmas. People decorate everything from trees to houses to fences to businesses in beautiful lights. In our house, it’s always the great debate between white and multi-colored lights on the tree. I have a “pretty” tree with coordinating ornaments that I add
Frosted window panes and the crunching of leaves under our feet mean fall is back! Even though fall can be a great time for exploring nature because of the cooler temperatures and changing seasons. Fall, also, means we will be spending more days indoors than our kids would probably like. It’s the perfect time to look for fun, hands-on activities to keep them busy
This post contains affiliate links. My kids are like most kids. They love to experiment, build, invent, and create. It’s nothing in our house to have an experiment going on in the kitchen, an engineering project going on in the living room, a building project going on in the basement, and an art project underway in the toy room….all at the same time! Keeping
Take advantage of the season with these Thanksgiving STEM activities. The supplies listed for these projects are probably already sitting around your house, waiting to be used. From making fresh butter in a jar to building candy corn catapults, you will have plenty to keep your kids busy, especially during Thanksgiving break. You could also set up an area for all of the kids on
My daughter has always been tech-savvy. From a young age, she has been interested in things like computer programming, video editing, computer graphics, and computer aided design. I’ve always been able to find a book, person. or program to teach her these things that are out of my wheel house. This year she has joined a FIRST robotics team. Because of her interest and past
This post is part of the 5 Days of Engineering Challenges series, Check it out for more fun, engineering project ideas for your kids. I’ve always been fascinated by sail boats. Harnessing the power of the wind to move vessels small and large across the water is a science that I would love to learn more about. To explore the concept of sail size and
*This post contains affiliate links. As I said in yesterday’s Straw Rocket Engineering Challenge, my kids love things that they can launch and/or fly. In the past, we have made LOTS of paper airplanes. We have checked out every paper airplane plan book from our local library. (In hind sight, I should have just bought a book or two, we NEVER got those books back
My kids love anything that they can launch. Paper airplanes, nerf guns, bows and arrows… They like to see things fly. On one boring afternoon, I introduced them to straw rockets. They balked and rolled their eyes at when I first handed them paper and straws, but after I quickly created one and they saw it fly, they were hooked. Building Straw Rockets Straw rockets