We love doing STEM activities with the kids. They’re educational, but they’re so much fun! Learning can be a lot of fun when you do great summer STEM activities like these with your children.
This is a great way to help avoid some of the “summer slide” and keep your kids learning all year long. Not only that, but they will have a fantastic time doing each of these activities and so will you.
Summer STEM Activities for Kids
We have rounded up some amazing Summer STEM activities for kids below. Most of these are ones that you will want to do outside so get your supplies gathered and you’ll be all set for the next nice day.
Use marshmallows or pompoms in these fun shooters. You can set up targets for the kids to try hitting or bring out the measuring tape and see who can send theirs the furthest.
Make your own bubble wands and then spend the afternoon blowing bubbles. What difference does the shape of your wand make for your bubbles? Your kids will have a great time answering that question.
Oil, water, and some food coloring make for one fun and colorful activity!
You definitely want to be outside (and stand WELL back and take all safety precautions) when trying out these bottle rockets. But don’t they look fun? How high will yours go?
More bubble experiments! We can’t wait to see what difference the 3D bubble wands make!
Use some craft sticks and rubber bands to make simple catapults. Get the kids to experiment with the placement of the various sticks to see if it affects how far they can launch their pompoms (or wadded up paper balls or other small soft items).
Can you poke pencils through a plastic bag full of water without any leaking out? This is one of those “wow” moments for kids!
Who can make the most effective umbrella? What materials and shapes work the best? This is a fun water play idea that is perfect for a hot summer day.
Cut pool noodles into small sections and then use them for building. So much fun! Who can build the tallest tower? Who can build a bridge that will support your favorite toy truck? There are so many ways to go with this activity.
What happens when you paint with sunscreen? Let’s find out!
Show kids how to tell time the old-fashioned way – yes, way before their parents were even alive!
What could be more fun than balloon rocket racing? This requires just a few inexpensive materials but you’ll get hours of fun out of this activity.
Last year, we tried out spray bottle painting. This year, we can’t wait to try these exploding paint bombs. Frame these pieces of art and give them as gifts. Or use them as wrapping paper for other gifts!
This is a great way to teach kids about primary and secondary colors and color mixing.
Yes. We’re making ice cream in a bag. It’s one of the most fun science experiments we’ve ever conducted!
Take those holiday paper chain decorations to the next level with this great STEM activity.
Show your kids the power of the sun by making some fun sun print art.
Wow. This looks like so much fun! How far can your helicopter go?
Making crystals is always such a great activity with kids that has a surprise outcome they’re going to be so excited to see. We thought it was pretty impressive too!
Let the kids build some ramps and then experiment with launching their toy cars and other items down them. What happens when the ramp is placed at different heights?
Make your own xylophone with some water and glass jars. Experiment with the science of music and then learn to play some simple songs.
In case you haven’t had enough fun with bubbles yet, you have GOT to try out these bubble snake makers. We think these are going to illicit a lot of giggles!
This is going to get a little wet and messy so you might want to do this one outside – or in the bathtub!
What kid wouldn’t want to “hatch” dinosaur eggs? Kids are such huge dinosaur fans – they’re sure to love this!
Kids and Lego just go together. Have them create towers from their Lego pieces and experiment with the different shadows they make on a sunny summer day.