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30 Free Picks for Fun Kid Science

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.

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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