STEM

Explore your choice of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with these fun, educational activities for kids.

 

BIOLOGY

 

TOAD ABODE

From Amazing Amphibians

Invite toads to move into your yard or garden with this adorable toad abode.

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GO ON AN ECOSYSTEM SCAVENGER HUNT

From Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids

One way to heighten your observation skills is to go on a nature walk with a list of things to find!

 

BUILD A COMPOST BIN

From George Washington Carver for Kids

Cantaloupe rinds and egg cartons will disappear as living microbes turn your garbage into food for your garden.

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DNA EXTRACTION

From Junk Drawer Biology

Learn how to extract DNA from common fruit.

 

CHEMISTRY

 

ELECTROLYSIS: SPLITTING H2O

From Marie Curie for Kids

You will probably never split atoms, but you can split water!

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THREE-PENNY BATTERY

From Junk Drawer Chemistry

Create your own battery using items from your family’s junk drawer.

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

MAKE AN ALBERTI CIPHER DISK

From Code-Cracking for Kids

Different versions of Alberti’s cipher disk were used through the centuries, all based on the same simple idea.

 

TRACK DOWN INTERFERENCE

From Beyond the Solar System

Are the skies around you quiet enough for a radio telescope? Find out by making and using your own RFI detector.

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HOW BIG WAS THE COMMAND MODULE?

From The Apollo Missions for Kids

Use yarn to re-create the shape of the command module to get an idea of how big it really was . . . or wasn’t.

 

ENGINEERING

 

ROLLING THUNDER

From The Racecar Book

This cardboard-infused rolling machine is perfect for the great indoors.

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WILD DONKEY

From The Art of the Catapult

The onager-style catapult was among the most successful catapult designs ever created.

 

NEWSPAPER TABLE

From Junk Drawer Engineering

Engineering Challenge: Build a table out of newspaper that will hold up a book!

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MATH

 

BUTTON SORTING SQUARES

From MathArts

Young artists sort buttons into grids, sorting by attributes such as size.

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MULTIPLY BY DIVIDING AND MORE

From Number Sense and Nonsense

“What multiplies by dividing?” Mike challenged Jonathan. “That’s impossible,” replied Jonathan. “I know that multiplication and division are opposites. To multiply by dividing is nonsense. What’s the answer?”

 

WHEAT CRACKER AREA

From Junk Drawer Geometry

Compare area to perimeter with wheat crackers.

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DISCOVER MORE STEM
ACTIVITY BOOKS

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NIKOLA TESLA FOR KIDS

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