Looking for some ways to keep your kids learning while having a fun time this summer? Check out these ideas to STEAM up your summer!
- Periodic Table Battleship. So this is number one on my list for a reason. I think this is SUCH a great idea to get kids learning about their elements! I used a different table in our battleship game that included pictures. So perfect!!
- Science Headband Game. This one from Oriental Trading is cheap, but you could easily make your own.
- Make Ice Cream (by hand!) This looks like fun for the kids. Surprisingly I am not a fan of ice cream, so this doesn’t appeal to me. But I know my daughter would love it!
- Glow in the Dark Party. While this site has a gazillion things you could for a glow in the dark party, I am perfectly content grabbing a container of glow sticks at the dollar store and having my daughter put on a show with them in our dark basement. Fun and super simple! Just make sure to squeeze some science into the activity. If you are feeling especially ambitious teach your kiddo about chemiluminescence.
- Make Bird Feeders. There are tons of different ways you could make one (including having your child design and build their own invention). Birds are fascinating- tie in some extra ornithology activities by watching live bird cameras or dissect an owl pellet (GROSS).
- Make S’mores using a homemade Solar Oven. Delicious and a good tie-in to emergency preparedness. Not only because of the importance of having a way to cook food during a power outage….but because, let’s face it, in an emergency we will want to eat chocolate.
- Make a Straw Rocket (free printable HERE)
- Design and Build a Pom Pom drop This looks super easy- you just need paper towel rolls, tape, and pom poms!
- Build a homopolar motor dancer. Can I just say this looks AWESOME! I wonder if I could change the dancer into a spinning dragon or dinosaur…
- Learn the science behind yeast with a little balloon experiment. And then make bread knowing in your science heart why it rises. 🙂
- Apply your knowledge of conductors and insulators with some circuit testing. (I would also check out Snap Circuit boards for kids– they are fun for our entire family!)
- Use programming apps such as Hopscotch or Lightbot (our current favorite) to expand your child’s technology learning. And so they can be super cool and learn how to code.
- Make a sundial. I think I will enrich this activity with some discussion on the earth’s orbit and how it affects the sun’s position in the sky. And maybe watch some Neil Degrasse Tyson Cosmos movies.
- Fizzy Explosion bags. We have done this in the past and had a lot of fun! Just be prepared for your child to want to do this over and over and over….
- Make an Inventor’s Box. I think it would be fascinating to open up an old piece of electronics and see what’s inside.
- Teach your child binary and have them code their name with beads. Geeky enough?
- Make a compass. Then learn about WHY we have North and South poles and the Earth’s magnetic field. And then make a clay model of the Earth’s layers using a metal bead inside the center to show the magnetic core.
- Demonstrate the chemical reaction of citric acid and baking soda by making a lemon volcano.
- Teach nutrition using sites such as ChooseMyPlate.gov.
- Grow a lima bean seed. I especially like the use of a clear CD case to label the different parts of a plant.
- Something dinosaurish– not sure yet… but I need to keep my little paleontologist busy!
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Some of you may be wondering if I am going to be doing all of these activities. The answer of course is NO! I hope to get to many of them (except the owl pellet dissecting). But we just got approved to be foster parents so I know our life is going to drastically change. I can’t wait. 🙂
Love your summer science fun ideas. May I suggest another one to go right along with the glow-in-the dark activities? Why not have your child complete a Lunar Cycle T-shirt or apron with glow-in-the-dark phases? Here is the link to the information http://sciencewear.net/lunar-cycle.html Trust me when I say it is extremely popular. There is even a “how to” video showing step by step. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9QAKTPOFzM ENJOY!