Want to encourage a love of science and math? These 11 easy STEM activities are perfect for recreating at home!
Thank you to the Orkin Start with Science Initiative for helping us to talk about STEM activities.
Can we talk STEM? As a mom and a teacher, STEM is a huge part of my life. Why? Because I want my daughter and my students to be exposed to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Classrooms across the country are preparing children for jobs in these fields with phenomenal projects and activities. Today I'm sharing ways you can help your student at home with great STEM activities AND a great way to help their classrooms at school as well.
11 Easy At Home STEM Activities
Measure Your House: Use a measuring tape or ruler…..and have your child measure sections of your home. What is the perimeter of each room? The yard? Bonus if they can calculate the square footage of each room and add it up to find the size of your entire house.
Weather Predictions and Observation: Print a simple calendar, keep it on the fridge. Each week, observe the current weather and use it to predict the weather for the remaining days of the week. During rainy season? You can even use a jar or bucket to collect rain and estimate how much rain fell each day!
Help with Cooking: Assisting in the kitchen will help students learn about measurement and volume. Have them measure out ingredients……compare sizes and volume. Discuss liquids versus solids.
Experiment with Magnets: Those magnets on your fridge? THOSE are science materials. Let your children play with them. Do they attract? Repel? How much paper can they hold?
Family Patterns: Use legos, blocks or buttons to build a pattern each week (it can be as simple as alternating colors or have many more components depending on age). Each day ask your child to ADD on to the pattern.
Counting Meals: For younger children (or any child struggling with number sense)……use cupcake liners to sort snacks. Set out five cups, and build a number pattern in them (1 cracker in the first cup, 2 in the second, 3 in the third, etc.). Ask them to count the snacks as they eat and label empty cups with the amount they contained.
Seasons Evidence: Collect evidence of the current season. In the fall? Collect colored leaves, fallen acorns, etc. Create a display area for your evidence!
Build Your Own Kite: Use straws, tissue paper, glue or staples and string to build a family kite. Experiment with size and shape to see what makes the BEST one!
Bubble Juice: Make your own bubble juice using detergent. Have your child measure out the ingredients!(this recipe is a GREAT one)
Make Your Own Flubber or Goo: This half-liquid and half-solid is a GREAT way to check out states of matter!
Night Sky Observation: Mini-astrologers will jump at the chance to observe the night sky. Download a stargazing app so that you can name all the constellations and see how they move each night!
Now, let's talk ways to support STEM learning in the classroom. Y'all know how much I love DonorsChoose.org. It is an amazing platform that allows teachers to submit projects or supply requests for their classrooms, then companies or individuals can donate to help fund those projects. It puts needed supplies DIRECTLY in the hands of students. Orkin has teamed up with DonorsChoose.org for the Orkin Start with Science Initiative, which supports science and math projects in classrooms around the country. As of today, Orkin has donated over $325,000 to fund almost 1,500 projects nationwide. You can search by grade level, or even zip code to help your local schools!
I donated to these projects by teachers at my very own school:
To find projects that you would like to support, visit Orkin's Start with Science Webpage!
Now, my favorite part of today's discussion? I'm giving away a donation gift card. One of YOU will win a $50 credit to fund a project of your choice!