Summer STEAM Activities for Kids
Even if your kids don’t want to grow up to work in any of these fields, hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) projects can be a great time to bond for both siblings and parents. STEAM activities can also help in the development of your child’s critical thinking, logic and problem-solving skills which they can apply throughout the rest of their lives.
Now, let’s get to some fun STEAM activities your kids can do at home.
The one square foot project.
From your backyard, your kids can learn all sorts of exciting things about creatures, soil and plants with the One Square Foot Project.
For this activity, cut out one square foot’s worth of string. Then take the string and lay it as a square in your backyard. Have a magnifying glass and paper for your child to explore the one-square-foot field outlined by the string. They can draw any fallen leaves, insects, footprints or any other discoveries in their square. Once they sketch their findings, you can help them search online for more information on each one.
As you create the square, it can also be a learning opportunity if your children don’t know how to measure in square feet. If you don’t have a magnifying glass handy, a ridgeless bottle of water can also act as a cool substitute.
Sorting for early age kids.
Sorting is one of the earliest methods for teaching math to toddlers and preschoolers. You can watch as your child arranges fun, summer items like flowers or seashells by size – but anything else within your home works too.
You don’t have to worry about messy clay for your kids to enjoy making sculptures in the living room. Stop by your local hardware store and buy pool noodles and PVC pipes to connect together for creating unique shapes and statues.
Navigating the world from your backyard.
Before you head off on your next family adventure, you can teach your kids how to find north without a compass.
When the sun’s clearly out, take a medium-sized stick and two rocks. Hold the stick and have your child place a rock at the end of the stick’s shadow. Take note of where you held the stick with an item such as chalk. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes, then hold the stick from the same point you noted and have your child put the second rock at the end of the second shadow.
Next, have your child put their left foot next to the first rock and right foot next to the second rock. The way they face when standing between the two rocks is north. You can mark north, east, south and west as they stand. Make sure your child understands the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The sun’s shadow points in the opposite direction.
These are just a few of the many stimulating STEAM projects your kids can explore. Ready to spend your summer days in a new Pardee home? Contact a New Home Specialist today to get started.