These science activities are great choices for parents doing science at home with their kids during the pandemic and for teachers planning online learning activities.

Example of chain reaction activity using wooden craft sticks Toy sail boat from corks and craft materials Candy gears made from candies and plastic container lids Paper airplane launcher example made from cardboard and a rubber band Example of wind-powered car from paper and craft materials Robot hand example made from cardboard tube and craft materials Simple seismograph example made from cardboard and paper with a plastic cup and a marker Paper roller coaster example made from sturdy paper and a marble Cotton ball launcher made from a cardboard tube and craft materials Tie-dye example made with permanent markers, alcohol, and a t-shirt or piece of cloth Sample crystals grown as part of a science activity with pipe cleaners Homopolar simple motor from a battery and wire Paper dolls example from paper and string Paper circuit made with LEDs, coin cell battery, paper clip, paper, and copper tape Example paper speakers made with paper plates and electronics parts Simple harmonica made from wooden craft sticks and rubber bands Handheld hula hooping with rubber bands and pencils Balloon-powered car example from a plastic bottle, balloon, and craft materials Mobile example made from construction paper and string Candle seesaw made from birthday candles and household drinking glasses Nightlight made from simple electronics parts and craft supplies Beads made from casein milk plastic Paper marbling example of a craft science project using shaving cream and food coloring Cell phone stand made from wooden craft sticks, paper clips, and craft materials LED patch made from fabric patch and conductive thread as a wearable electronics activity Example of junkbot robot made from recycled and craft materials Parachute activity setup using square of tissue paper and a small toy figurine Small boat made from aluminum foil Example of pantograph drawing tool made from cardboard and craft materials Bird feeder made from recycled plastic bottle and decorated with craft materials

Free STEM Activities!

With many kids at home due to COVID-19 school closures, we know parents are looking for engaging activities to do with kids and to help keep kids occupied (and learning).

Art and craft activities are not your only options! Hands-on science activities are often creative and combine art and innovation as students explore science, technology, engineering, and math. Science Buddies has more than 150 free science activities that offer fun, easy-to-follow, informal STEM learning for kids of all ages. These activities are short and fun to do, work for a wide range of ages, and use materials you may already have on hand.

In the list below, we've highlighted 30 fSTEM activities that would be a lot of fun at home and would also work well for for teachers interacting with students remotely.

Try one of these STEM picks at home with your kids or as part of your online or remote learning strategy:

  1. Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction
  2. Make a Toy Sailboat
  3. Gear Up Your Candy
  4. Build a Paper Airplane Launcher
  5. Build a Wind-Powered Car
  6. Build a Robot Hand
  7. Make Your Own Seismograph
  8. Build a Paper Roller Coaster
  9. Make a Cotton Ball Launcher
  10. Make Tie-Dye T-shirts with Permanent Markers
  11. How to Grow the Best Crystals
  12. How to Make a Homopolar Motor
  13. Get Crafty — Create Your Own Durable Paper Doll
  14. Make a Paper Circuit
  15. Build a Paper Speaker
  16. Make Your Own Harmonica!
  17. Hula Hooping with a Rubber Band
  18. Rev Up STEM Learning with Car Science Projects
  19. Balance the Forces Within a Mobile
  20. A Candle Seesaw Balancing Act
  21. Make a Night-Light
  22. Turn Milk into Plastic
  23. Make Marbled Cards Using Science!
  24. Design a Cell Phone Stand
  25. LED patch
  26. Junkbots: Robots from Recycled Materials
  27. Make a Parachute
  28. How Much Weight Can Aluminum Foil Boats Float?
  29. Duplicate Your Drawings with a Machine
  30. Build a Bird Feeder to Study Birds

Teachers! To learn more about how our STEM activities can be used for online learning, see Simplified STEM Activities Help Fill Gap for Online, Remote, Hybrid Learning.

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