When summer boredom sets in, reach for this handy list of fun and simple STEM activities! You probably have most of the supplies you need already around the house. If not, they can easily be purchased at the dollar store or online.
- Egg drop: This classic challenge is typically done in school, so practicing this over the summer gives your child an edge! The goal is to drop an egg from a designated height, surrounding the egg to protect it from breaking. Try a container filled with cotton balls, a Ziplock bag filled with bubble wrap or grapes, or make a cage out of straws and tape.
- Watch Caine’s Arcade videos on YouTube. Then create your own game out of recycled materials!
- SPAGHETTI! Not just for meatballs anymore. 😉 A classic STEM challenge is building a structure out of dry spaghetti and marshmallows. Hold a competition among siblings or parents vs. kids and see who can build the tallest structure! Another spaghetti challenge is using it to make a bridge going across two tables or pieces of wood. See whose spaghetti bridge can hold the most weight, using something like pennies stacked up on it.
- Make your own marble run or labyrinth using a cardboard box, craft sticks, and a marble!
- If you’re out by some sort of body of water, like a lake, try gathering sticks and creating your own rafts out of sticks. Race your boats or just see whose raft actually floats!
- Get a Hexbug and create a maze for it using straws taped or glued to cardboard.
- Make a bottle rocket and launch it in your backyard! Use an empty 2 liter bottle, baking soda, and vinegar.
- Challenge your kids to create weight-bearing structures using binder clips, craft sticks, and clothespins.
- Create structures using empty plastic cups and craft sticks.
- Create a catapult using craft sticks and rubber bands. Launch mini marshmallows into each other’s mouths as your reward for finishing the catapult!
Most of the ideas listed above are great for older kids, but we didn’t forget about the younger ones!