You can never have enough good educational activities for your budding scientist or engineer. There are a billion STEM activities for kids out there and it is hard to wade through which ones are great and which ones are not worth your time. Whether you are looking for homeschooling activities or just for somethings that are fun and educational, here are 25 of the best STEM activities for kids that you (and your little ones) will love.
STEM Activities for Kids Ages 5-7
Dino Soap Making Kit for Kids
This Dino Soap Making Kit for Kids teaches science and paleontology in a fun and engaging way. Your little STEM learner gets to create six dinosaur soaps. Add in one of the two included fragrances, choose between or mix up the four colors, and add a touch of glitter.
National Geographic Earth Science Kit
The National Geographic Earth Science Kit comes with 15 experiments and activities including dueling water tornadoes, building an erupting volcano, growing crystals, and geologic dig kits. These STEM activities for kids come with a detailed learning guide that teaches the science at work in the experiments, allowing your child to develop a deep, lasting appreciation for a variety of Earth sciences.
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Creativity for Kids Grow ‘N Glow Terrarium
The Creativity for Kids Grow ‘N Glow Terrarium combines science and art to let you grow your own miniature ecosystem. It includes everything your young botanist needs for two plant life cycles: a plastic mason-style jar, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, and glow-in-the-dark forest figurines and star stickers. Watch your terrarium grow during the day and then glow at night!
Learn & Climb Dynamo Lab Science Kit
Learn & Climb Dynamo Lab Science Kit is great because it does not just focus on one type of science or experiment. It includes basic chemistry experiments along with a few more challenging activities. The kit comes with 21 exciting activities like creating your own lava lamp, growing crystals, and every kid’s favorite, the volcano eruption.
Zen Laboratory Jumbo Slime Kit
The Zen Laboratory Jumbo Slime Kit comes with over 50 different items. It includes 18 wacky colors of slime, 12 types of glitter, various beads, plastic fruit slices, glow-in-the-dark glitter, and sparkly sugar paper. Your kids get to experiment with mixing slimes together and adding in the beads and other mix-ins to foster creativity and motor function development.
GEMEM Wooden Pattern Blocks Set
The GEMEM Wooden Pattern Blocks Set is a fun and creative way for kids to explore shapes and symmetry. This classic Montessori educational activity comes with 155 wooden pieces and 24 design cards with different levels of difficulty. This set is simple and back to basics but fun and effective.
Playz My First Coding & Computer Science Kit
The Playz My First Coding & Computer Science Kit allows kids to learn about computer science through binary necklaces, ancient encryption devices, sorting races, mystery mazes, pixelated pictures, and more. The hands-on activities come with 30+ tools and parts to teach the fundamentals of coding and computer science without needing a computer.
Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids
Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids brings the excitement of scientific investigation right to your kitchen. The book includes 50 snack-worthy experiments organized into five chapters, each focused on science, technology, engineering, art, or math. Each of the edible science experiments comes with easy-to-follow instructions as well as ratings for difficulty and mess so you know how much you need to supervise your little scientist.
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4M Weather Science Mini Observatory
The 4M Weather Science Mini Observatory lets you experiment with static electricity that causes lightning, build a water cycle model, study acid rain, and even make clouds in the palm of your hand. These six weather experiments are perfect for both a homeschool lesson on weather or for a fun STEM activity to do on the weekend.
2-in-1 Remote Control Racer
This 2-in-1 Remote Control Racer lets you make an off-road truck or a race car with easy-to-use snap together pieces. Once your vehicle is put together, you can drive it with the remote control! Have fun together while learning about building and engineering in its simplest form.
Made By Me Glow The Dark Power Balls
The Made By Me Glow The Dark Power Balls kit includes everything you need to make 18 glow-in-the-dark super bouncy balls! Experiment with fun color combinations and glow-in-the-dark effects to make every power ball unique. Pour the crystals into the mold, submerge in warm water, let it dry, and play!
JackintheBox Space Explorer 6-in-1 Activity Box
Do you have a future astronaut on your hands? Make your own solar system mobile. Learn about the constellations and how a rocket works. Use Oreo cookies to understand the different phases of the moon. Find it all (and more) in the JackintheBox Space Explorer 6-in-1 Activity Box.
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Yum! Candy Making Lab Kit
Want a sweet way to teach science? Try the Yum! Candy Making Lab Kit. It includes 16 engaging STEM experiments with real lab tools that allow your kids to test colorful, yummy formulas that they can eat! Kids get to perform cool experiments like testing how liquids affect jelly candies and checking the amount of sugar in a soft drink.
STEM Activities for Kids Ages 8-12
ThinkFun Gravity Maze
ThinkFun is the world’s leading manufacturer of brain games and mind challenging puzzles. The ThinkFun Gravity Maze is part logic game, part marble run, and part STEM toy. It helps kids develop spatial reasoning and planning skills while teaching about engineering and building.
Klutz LEGO Gadgets
LEGO is one of the original STEM activities for kids. Your little builder can make, experiment, and play with the Klutz LEGO Gadgets kit’s 11 different machines that range from practical to silly – like Brick Basher the Robo-Boxer – and some open-ended prompts to get your kids’ own creativity flowing.
National Geographic Break Open 10 Geodes
Kids love the National Geographic Break Open 10 Geodes kit because they not only get to break open rocks with a hammer, they get the most amazing geodes to display afterwards. You will love that they get to learn all about the fascinating science behind how geodes are formed.
Giggleway DIY Electric Motor Robot Kits
What kid does not love a robot? A real, working motorized robot they built themselves is even better! The Giggleway DIY Electric Motor Robot Kits includes three robot kits – an electric balance car, a doodling robot, and a reptile robot – to teach kids about simple circuits and energy conversion.
SmartsToy Wooden Ferris Wheel
You have never found a STEM toy as cool as the SmartsToy Wooden Ferris Wheel. This erector-style set comes together as a 3D puzzle with a motor and simple circuit that makes the ferris wheel actually spin!
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Snap Circuits LIGHT Electronics Exploration Kit
Let your young engineer learn about electronics and construct real working circuits, devices, and fiber optics with the Snap Circuits LIGHT Electronics Exploration Kit. Build more than 175 amazing projects with over 55 color coded circuit components then plug in your smartphone or any MP3 player and see your circuits react!
Playz Ridiculous Inventions Science Kit
Playz Ridiculous Inventions Science Kit has more than 31 tools and ingredients to create over 26 experiments. Your kids get to become inventors and make homemade boomerangs, magnetic force fields, spectrum rainbows, telegraphic messages, whirling windmills, levitating serpents, and robotic turtles!
4M Table Top Robot
The 4M Table Top Robot is a hands-on science kit that teaches the basics of robotics by constructing a working robot crab. When activated, your amazing robot crab will scuttle across the table under its own power and change direction when it encounters an obstacle or senses the table’s edge.
Bill Nye’s VR Science Kit
Everyone loves Bill Nye the Science Guy! With Bill Nye’s VR Science Kit by Abacus Brands, explore 30 step-by-step science projects from chemistry to physics in an easy and fun format. With a pair of hands-free VR goggles as well as beakers, measuring cups, baking soda, paint brushes and more, this set includes everything you need to dive in and experience the projects right out of the box.
National Geographic da Vinci’s Inventions Catapult
Let your little inventor experiment with National Geographic da Vinci’s Inventions Catapult and learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s proposed improvements to this ultimate medieval artillery weapon. Once put together your model catapult is fully functioning and comes with 15 projectiles to attack.
Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game
The Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game comes with 40 beginner to expert challenges that become increasingly difficult as you play through them to help build reasoning and planning skills in your future scientist or engineer.
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Lucky Doug Solar Robot Kit
These cute little robots will make STEM learning super fun for both you and your kids! The Lucky Doug Solar Robot Kit lets kids build more than 12 different real working solar-powered robots. This cool set includes 190 pieces, so the options are endless.
STEM activities for kids are so much fun. From building to experimenting, there really is nothing more magical than science. These 25 STEM activities for kids will teach your homeschooler all kinds of cool things about science, math, and technology, but are just as fun for any kid.
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