Carry your kid’s love of all things STEM into the summer months with a few toys and activities specific to this time of year. Whether it’s the coolest new toy or a traditional bonfire favorite, all things science, technology, engineering, and math can be tweaked to fit right into the next few monthly seamlessly.
This isn’t Goldilocks and the Three Bears. GoldieBlox is an excellent new adventure seeking book series with STEM toys to fit the story. GoldieBlox Golden Package follows the kid inventor into her clubhouse as Maven Gifts seeks to inspire girls into becoming the next generation’s best engineers.
At-Home Summer Science Camp
Little Bins for Little Hands is always at it with the latest in STEM activities for kids. This Little Bins Science Camp gives ideas to pack an entire week full of science camp-like experiments for kids of every age. Pick and choose from a few of the suggestions, or put together a full camp experience from the comfort of your own home.
What could be a better inspiration for STEM than NASA? And, what could be a better Summer treat than campfire s’mores? Put the two together in NASA’s Climate Kids S’mores experiment. Create your very own solar oven and pig out on some sweet treats.
Create a Catapult
While this specific activity from Frugal Fun 4 Boys uses candy corn, we’re going to suggest some things a little more suited for hot weather (and easily accessible during the next few months). Using spoons, popsicle sticks, pencils, and a few other key materials create catapults to fling blueberries, grapes, or even a few Cheerios at each other.
This activity set isn’t just about coding, and it helps kids learn to problem solve. Help young kids create a maze for their robot mouse to solve in his attempt at finding the cheese. What’s cool about this one, the mouse has two speeds so feel free to take the Code & Go Robot out to the driveway and see if he can find his way.
Forget the expensive gadget. Have a family movie night under the stars with this DIY Projector from The STEM Laboratory. Use a magnifying glass and some everyday household items, pick one of your favorite family movies on Netflix and relax on warm summer nights.
Make Your Own Toothpaste
Is getting your kids to brush their teeth every night during the summer a difficult task? Here’s a suggestion: Let them make their own toothpaste following the instructions from Playdough to Plato and then give them 25 points on ChoreMonster for using it to brush their teeth twice a day!
Forget everything you know about STEM and turn it into something fun for your kids this summer. All it takes is a little imagination and a whole lot of creativity to turn long hot days into learning infused excitement.