Hands On STEM Activities
A STEM activity is a terrific way to enable your kids to gain a better understanding of their surroundings. Hands-on learning is an effective methodology for children to work on their skills. There are several STEM activities you can do with your child. Some of them include the following:
Simulate an Oil Spill
Why not experiment with something that is connected to a real issue? For this activity, mix water and oil in a large container and drop a few feathers in it. Next, pass little spoons, paper towels, and sponges to your child and ask them to separate the oil from the feathers and water. Instruct them to ensure that minimal water is wasted. By doing so, you can explain how oil spills pollute the environment as they can observe firsthand how hard it is to remove oil from the water. They will also notice how oil inflicted damage to the feathers.
Depending on your child's age, you can make the activity more advanced by making certain additions.
Note: Oil can get messy, so keep a close eye on the activity.
Create a Volcano
This is one of the most popular and easiest STEM activities for kids. It requires a few easy-to-get ingredients.
First, use clay to build a volcano. See to it that there is a cylinder in the middle of the volcano extending from the bottom to the volcano's mouth. Next, add dish soap, baking soda, and red food coloring. Now, add vinegar to the mixture and let your kid see how it 'erupts'. It is ideal to start briefing them about how volcanoes erupt and stimulate their interest in science.
Arouse interest in your kids by showing them how to write a secret message. They can exchange it with their friends and learn an engaging way of communicating. You will need a sheet of white paper, cotton swap, lemon, or lightbulb in this activity. Next, follow these steps.
Squeeze the lemon juice in a bowl, add some water, and mix it gently. Dip the cotton swab into the bowl and use it to draw a picture or write a message.
Wait for the liquid to dry until the picture or message becomes invisible.
Hold the paper close to a lightbulb or show it under sunlight. This way, the message will appear.
Now, explain to your child how lemon oxidizes and turns brown under a higher temperature. You can replicate the same experiment with other substances, such as vinegar, onion juice, orange juice, and honey.