Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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7 Exciting & Creative STEM Projects

Do your kids love STEM activities and projects? Do you?!! If so, you will love this collection of seven exciting and creative STEM activities! They each include a purpose--either a challenge to complete or a project to design--that has a final project they can share with others! Plus, they all have an element or art, so if you're looking for STEAM activities, this is also the perfect list! 

What kind of projects are these? these are projects that integrate several STEM subjects (most of them integrate all four): science, technology, engineering, and math. These particular projects also all have an art or design aspect, which I love because it gives your kids a chance to be creative and solve a problem. And the best part is that these problems have such a massive number of solutions that there really is no "wrong" way to do them, which gives your children an incredible amount of freedom as they work on them!

These are in random order, so feel free to read the whole list, or just skim the titles!

#1 - This Coloring Machine at Crystal & Co is the same as a project we do about once a year...but we call it the Draw Bot because it is a little robot that your kids can design and build that actually does something without being programmed: it draws! Someday I'll write up our instructions, but in the meantime Crystal did a great job describing how it works and what you need!

#2 - The Cardboard Tube Rocket Launcher at Teach Beside Me is fantastic because it "shoots" pompoms all over the place...and my kids are obsessed with launchers that shoot things, lol! Also, Karyn, the author at Teach Beside Me, is one of the speakers at our Homeschool STEM Conference-Online!!

#3 - States of Matter & Art at Preschool Powol Packets was one of our STEM Summer Camp days a couple years ago! Make sure you have lots of room for this one and cover your work area (and all the area around your work area) with newspaper!

#4 - Explore Light at Preschool Powol Packets was another STEM Summer Camp day, and this particular post includes three different STEM projects you can do with light, shadows, and pigments! Sidenote: flashlights are one of the most amazing love them!

#5 - Tubular Glitter Bracelets at Babble Dabble Do would make a fantastic group project or quiet afternoon activity on a rainy day when you just want to stay at home and make something brilliant! Also, Ana, the author at Babble Dabble Do is speaking at the  Homeschool STEM Conference-Online too!

#6 - The Teddy Bear Bridge Challenge at Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten is perfectly brilliant for young children! It challenges them, but it is 100% do-able, and she encourages you not to let the kids experiment and find their own answers! Love!! She also has a little printable that encourages your kids to think about what they've done and practice communicating it by writing and drawing their project!

#7 - My favorite part of  Building Stick Rafts at Kids Craft Room is that you can do it outside so easily! Take those creative juices, and enjoy them outside!

If you've been around here much you know that I always have a hard time limiting myself to seven or ten of anything, so I'm including one more project:

Bonus: Cardboard Tube Tower from Little Bins for Little Hands! You can paint the tubes before or after you build, and then use the tower as a castle for your favorite characters! Sometimes my kids even let their plastic insects move into things like this!

If you love STEM projects and STEAM activities, you will definitely want to check out this year's Homeschool STEM Conference-Online! It has all the convenience of the internet with all the benefits of a conference! Join us for brilliant speakers, amazing ideas, encouragement, freebies, giveaways, and so much more! But sign up soon...all the fun begins on Thursday!!

Happy Educating,

Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!

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