STEM On A Budget: Cheap and Fun Ways to Learn

The number one question I get about STEM projects is “Where can I find the supplies cheaper?” Teachers’ budgets are tight, almost non-existent. Household money in many families is tight too. But this shouldn’t be a deterrent to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. So I gathered up some of my friends and we brainstormed ways to learn without spending a lot. Their creative ideas include cool stuff like backyard STEM, make your own plastic and learning in the kitchen. All great stuff, all really cheap.

Teaching budget tight? Here are a ton of inexpensive science, technology, engineering and math activities for kids.

STEM On a Budget Hands-On Activities for Kids

These activities show that you don’t have to have a lot of money to have great learning activities. You can make your owns toys, do some edible science or create by tinkering.

Technology Learning Activities on a Budget

First up are some screen-free coding ideas. No expensive tech to buy!!

If-Then Backyard Coding Game for Kids || Left Brain Craft Brain

If-then Backyard Coding Game for Kids

Color by Coding || Left Brain Craft Brain

Kick up your next coloring session with some coding in these fun color by number coloring pages that incorporate ASCII binary code into the mix. Kids will love both the astronaut and unicorn versions!

Download the Astronaut Color by Coding printable HERE.

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Download your Unicorn Color by Coding printable HERE.

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Recycled STEM Activites for Kids

One of the best ways to do STEM on a budget is to use recyled materials. Here are a few of our favorites on Left Brain Craft Brain.

DIY Recycled Suspension Bridge || Left Brain Craft Brain

DIY Recycled Suspension Bridge

Recycled Balloon Car || Left Brain Craft Brain

recycled balloon car

8 Ways to Play with an Old Keyboard || Left Brain Craft Brain

8 ways to play with an old keyboard - playdough mold

More Inexpensive STEM Activities for Kids

This list just keeps going! Check out some budget STEM ideas from some of my favorite bloggers.

STEM On a Budget Collage 2 Left Brain Craft Brain

STEM On a Budget Collage 1 Left Brain Craft Brain

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28 Days of Hands-On STEM Activities for Kids

These STEM On a Budget activities are part of an amazing series of hands-on STEM activities for kids. I’ve joined up with 28 other bloggers and we’re creating 60+ fun science, technology, engineering & math activities. Click here for the full list of activities or check out our other topics: STEM Goes Green, STEM Challenges and Coding for Kids.

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Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math Fun for Kids

Looking for some more STEAM inspiration that use can use right now? Instant gratification style? Check out STEAM Kids: 50+ Hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math Hands-On Projects for Kids ebook! It’s packed full of a year’s worth fun learning activities that will wow the boredom right out of your kids.

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