Kids get excited to explore and learn when provided with interesting materials, new combinations, and results that pop, fizzle and roll! These easy projects are a great way to start or enhance your STEAM journey with your young scientist.
Each of the activities combines one or more STEAM elements. The categories provide examples of how each activity illustrates STEAM.
Science Activities for Kids
1. Imagine growing a crystal tree on cardboard! Playdough to Plato shows you how.
2. You’ll be amazed to see how a balloon can move the wings of a paper butterfly in this static electricity experiment from I Heart Crafty Things.
3. Kids race cars down cardboard ramps to learn about force in this simple physics experiment from Where Imagination Grows.
Technology Activites for Kids
4. Happy Hooligans uses cardboard tubes as a drop zone to see what objects fit through the tubes.
5. Test your ability to get a pen spinning with cardboard and magnets with this activity from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls.
6. Take a peek at the world through a homemade spectroscope from Buggy and Buddy.
7. See how much fun it is to make a catapult. Follow the simple instructions at Kids Activities Blog.
Engineering Activities for Kids
8. Let’s get things ‘rolling’ with this activity from Little Bins for Little Hands sending pompoms down a maze of cardboard tubes.
9. Inspiration Laboratories challenges your little engineer to build a bridge with cardboard. How much weight can your bridge can hold?
10. Does cardboard float? Gift of Curiosity helps kids answer this question with a simple experiment.
11. Roll marbles down a long cardboard slide with this inclined plane activity from Preschool Toolkit.
Art Activities for Kids
12. Provide a process art opportunity as you observe how water interacts with cardboard in this simple painting with water on cardboard activity from I Can Teach My Child.
13. Splat painting combined with splat printing equals fun with a cardboard box from Tinkerlab.
Math Activities for Kids
14. Reuse a shoe box as a counting and sorting box. Get the details from The Imagination Tree.
15. Learning 4 Kids shows us how much fun a sorting activity can be by sorting colors with cardboard tubes.
These are just a few of the ways to use those cardboard sleeves and shoe boxes you’ve been saving. Kids may want to do the activities differently or start something new. Their imagination is an added bonus!
Enjoy the conversation and discovery as you engage in STEAM!
About the Author:
Heather is a former preschool teacher and founder of preschooltoolkit.com, a website providing early learning resources for teachers and parents. She focuses on creating fun crafts and activities that engage developmental skills while promoting hands-on learning through play. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Linkedin.