February. The weather’s gloomy. It’s a long way until spring break. But don’t let the February slump get to you!! Inject some excitement into your world with 28 Days of STEAM Projects for Kids!! This month I’m sharing 60+ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math projects that will get your kids and your classrooms excited about learning again. So follow along this month as a huge crew of activity bloggers and I share some cool ideas on printables, nature, storybooks, science fairs and more.
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Why STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math)?
STEAM is the abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. It’s an integrated approach to learning that encourages students to think more broadly about real-world problems. This interdisciplinary approach has helped create innovations like the iPhone, the original laptop computer, and is even revolutionizing cooking in third world countries, and improving air quality as a result.
It helps students ask questions, connect the dots, problem solve, think creatively, and be innovative. And not only can STEAM save the world, it can save our kids too by making their future bright. STEM jobs are expected to grow by 16% in the US between 2014 and 2024 compared to only 11% for other sectors*. And right now, science & engineering careers earn more than double the income of the median job in the United States.*
So let’s get more STEAM into our kids’ lives. Ready for the fun?!?
Hands-on projects are awesome for exciting kids into learning. Printables are awesome for their ease of use. Hands-on learning printables? They’re the holy grail. Fun, exciting activities that the kids really get into, plus all the stuff you want to make it easy for you.
- Watercolor Houses || Left Brain Craft Brain
- DIY Gliding Foam Airplanes || Adventure in a Box
- Valentine Volcano Printable Cards || Edventures with Kids
- Hands-On Coding Games for Preschoolers || Preschool STEAM
- Algorithm Coding Game || Little Bins for Little Hands
- Fox and Goose Game || What Do We Do All Day?
- 5 Crucial Coding Skills You Can Teach Kids at Home || iGameMom
- Advanced Patterns Worksheets || Gift of Curiosity
- Coding Puzzle Crackers – ASCII Binary Code Puzzle Game || STEAM Powered Family
- Valentine Pattern Block Challenge Cards || You Clever Monkey
- Animals in Winter: Migration, Hibernation & Adaptation in Spanish || The Natural Homeschool
- Speed Racer STEM Activity || Living Life and Learning
- Lock and Key Addition Puzzles for Kids || Teach Beside Me
- Unicorn Magic: A Screen-free Coding Game || Preschool Powol Packets
Science Fair Projects
It’s almost spring. And that means science fairs!!! Check out this list for projects that will wow the judges.
- Baked Potato Science Fair Project || Left Brain Craft Brain
- Melting Ice Experiment || The Chaos and the Clutter
- Energy Efficient Windows Science Fair Project || Schooling a Monkey
- Build a Potato Battery || STEAM Powered Family
- Does Fruit Sink or Float || The Science Kiddo
- Fruit Enzymes Gelatin Experiment || Teach Beside Me
Book-Inspired STEAM Activities
We love projects that tie literacy together with another subject. These Book Inspired STEAM activities will get the kids reading and learning some science, tech, engineering, art, & math.
- 10 Math Books and Tools to learn Measurement || Edventures with Kids
- Architectural STEM with the 3 Little Pigs (Inspired by The Three Little Pigs : An Architectural Tale || Little Bins for Little Hands
- DIY Upcycled Guitar (inspired by Pete the Cat – Rocking in my School Shoes) || Preschool STEAM
- Multiplication by 8 Spider Craft (inspired by Charlotte’s Web) || Thriving STEM
- Rainbow Science (inspired by Rainbow of my Own) || Rhythms of Play
- Constellation Sun Prints (inspired by There’s No Place Like Space) || Figment Creative Labs
- Simple Braille Slate and Stylus (inspired by Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille) || Pink Stripey Socks
- STEAM / STEM Challenge (Inspired by Giraffes Can’t Dance) || Preschool Powol Packets
- Fantasy Structures (Inspired by Iggy Peck, Architect) || Flash Bugs Studio
- Wiggle Pig (Inspired by Robot Army Rampage) || STEAM Powered Family
- Fun with Color Mixing (Inspired by Mix It Up) || Gift of Curiosity
- Log Pile House Building Challenge (inspired by The Gruffalo) || Inspiration Laboratories
Nature STEAM Projects
Nature is amazing. Beautiful. Intriguing. And an amazing teacher. These projects build on the wonders that are nature.
- Plant Exploration by Growing Wheatgrass on Water Beads || Brain Craft Brain
- Tree Rings and Dendochronology Science Project for Kids || Edventures with Kids
- Nature Raft Craft || Figment Creative Labs
- Fractals in Nature: A Mathematical Suncatcher || Share It! Science
- Animals in Winter Craft || The Natural Homeschool
- 8 Rain Science Activities for Kids || iGameMom
- Making Recycled Paper with Nature Accents || Gift of Curiosity
- Sky Science – Why Does the Sky Change Colors? || STEAM Powered Family
- One Square Foot Backyard STEM Project || Little Bins for Little Hands
- Find North Using the Sun || True Aim Education
- Build a Stone Maze || Pink Stripey Socks
- Growing Mushrooms with Kids || Teach Beside Me
Looking for some more STEAM inspiration that you can use right now? Instant gratification style? Check out STEAM Explorers!! The coolest creative experience for kids is here! It's a digital book of the month club filled with tons of fun stuff for the kids to do and learn. All engineer, teacher, and mom-approved. And most definitely KID APPROVED!
- A monthly digital magazine with cool themes that are fun to read
- Hands-on, exciting projects the kids will love.
- Science, tech, engineering, art, and math learning YOU’LL love.
- Delicious recipes the kids can make.
- Fun printables and games
Get ready to have fun with hands-on STEAM this Halloween! Join us this October as we investigate bats, brains, spiders, candy, and pumpkins through hands-on STEAM!The kids will love building a spider bot, getting grossed out by delicious spider egg cookies, and learning about the brain with hands-on play.
We’ve split the issue into four weekly themes:
- WEEK 1: SENSATIONAL SPIDERS
- WEEK 2: PUMPKIN PROJECTS
- WEEK 3: SPOOKY STEAM
- WEEK 4: TRICK OR TREAT
Follow Along with 28 Days of Hands-On STEM
Want to stay up to date on all the cool projects? I’ll be sharing them daily on the Left Brain Craft Brain Facebook page and pinning them to my Pinterest STEM board. Or come join the STEAM Kids Challenge on Instagram. We’ll be posting new projects and cool ideas every day.