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A list of easy STEM activities for families

STEM, stands for the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

These 4 subjects teach critical thinking, logic and a large variety of other skills needed for when your child one day enters a future workplace.

But, how exactly do we as parents who grew up in a totally different world, equip our children for their future through everyday play ?

A boy stacking cups
How do we prepare our children for their future ?

I’ve compiled a list of easy STEM activities that the entire family can enjoy together.

Activities

I have tried to separate the activities into a category each but many of the activities cross over into one or more of the other categories as well.

Science

  • Take a nature walk in your backyard or neighbourhood.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Get an old microscope and look at things.
  • Plant seeds and record their growth.
  • Take photos of nature.
  • Make slime or ooblek.
  • Learn to recognize trees from their bark.
  • Study a scientist and read their biography.
  • Use a magnifying glass and search for bugs.
  • Make art using leaves.
  • Complete a science simulation online.
  • Plant a vegetable garden.
  • Weed the garden and identify weeds.
  • Go rock hunting.
  • Visit a farm.
  • Make a time lapse video in nature.

Technology

  • Give your children old appliances or toys to dismantle and discover how they work.
  • Fix broken toys and let your child try help with a solution as to how it can be fixed, what materials or tools to use to do so.
  • Investigate your family car’s engine.
  • Learn to code a game.
  • Create a stop motion video using LEGO or PLAYDOH.
  • Learn to use a compass for direction.
  • Fix a bike.
  • Tour a factory.
  • Make a “How to” video.
  • Build a solar oven and cook something.
  • Build something using a pulley
  • Build something using using gears.
  • Use a lever to lift something heavy

Engineering

  • Use a large cardboard box to create a rocketship.
  • Create your own boardgame.
  • Make a LEGO car, building or ship.
  • Make a LEGO bridge.
  • Work out how much paint is needed to paint a room.
  • Design a blueprint of your home.
  • Invent a useful item.
  • Make paper aeroplanes and host an aeroplane flying competition.
  • Design and build mini boats and float them down a river or stream.
  • Build something using only craft sticks, paper straws or pipe cleaners.
  • Make a raft from an empty milk jug.

Maths

  • Take a calculator with to the store and let your child add up your bill, find the best price or work out the cost per item.
  • Play a card game involving numbers.
  • Play connect 4.
  • Play chess.
  • Play checkers.
  • Bake a cake or cookies.
  • Learn to use a maths compass.
  • Build a puzzle
  • Make your own puzzle.
  • Watch a sporting event and keep statistics.
  • Play monopoly.
  • Try origami.
  • Build a picture only using one type of shape.
  • Take photos of shapes around your home.
  • Point out numbers whilst driving in the car.

Do you have any other ideas of fun STEM activities we could enjoy as a family? I would love you to share them in the comments below.