What does STEM look like for kindergarten, preschool and first grade?  Well, it’s simply a lot of exploring, testing, observing, and most importantly… doing!  STEM for first grade is about taking simple science experiments and exploring them farther so that kids are drawing their own conclusions.  These fun and easy STEM activities for first grade will excite and engage young kids!

STEM ACTIVITIES FOR FIRST GRADE!

Early Elementary STEM projects for kindergarten and 1st grade age kids. Hints and tips for setting up STEM projects for young kids.

MAKING STEM FUN FOR 1ST GRADE

For this article, I want to take a look at early elementary STEM projects namely for first grade age kids. Of course, wherever your kids are in their learning, you can make these STEM activities work!

STEM for first grade is an introduction to the wonderful world around them.  Kids of this age are understanding more, reading and writing more, and exploring more about why things do what they do. Often 1st-grade kids are ready for more!

Kids of this age have questions and are thinking a bit more outside the box. They want to test out their ideas, plan new ideas, and figure out why their ideas worked or didn’t work.  That is the process of STEM learning!

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AT THIS AGE KIDS MAY HAVE BETTER…

  • fine motor planning skills
  • spatial and visual processing skills
  • critical thinking skills
  • observational skills
  • planning skills

Because of all these improving skills, first-grade kids are better able to explore the science concepts presented with less help from teachers or parents. They are able to enjoy more hands-on learning and investigate what’s happening, and they are able to do more for themselves.

We have spent the last two years doing STEM activities for preschoolers, and I have really been able to see the gears turning with my own son when it comes to planning, designing, participating, questioning, and observing. I can stand back more now and let him lead us, while still offer important bits of information along the way.

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FIRST GRADE STEM IDEAS

Looking for fun first grade STEM projects to fit in with a theme or holiday?  STEM activities can be easily changed up by using materials and colors to fit a season or holiday.

Check out our STEM projects for all the major holidays/ seasons below. 

THE BEST STEM ACTIVITIES FOR FIRST GRADE

SCIENCE

Simple science activities and experiments are some of our very first explorations! We have so many favorites to share.

5 SENSES

CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENTS

FIZZING EXPERIMENTS

5 Senses for Preschool ScienceChemistry is cool and we have the coolest chemistry activities for kids to share with you. Just like our awesome physics activities, we decided we needed to put together a chemistry experiments checklist for you. Don't miss a single experiment because each one is totally unique and yes, very cool too. We love homemade science.Fizzing science experiments chemistry activities for kids STEM

GEOLOGY

KITCHEN SCIENCE

NATURE

Explore geology for kids including the rock and growing crystals! Easy to set up kitchen science experiments and activities using common kitchen supplies. perfect for both home science and classroom science projects, these kitchen science activities are great for hands on learning ideas. Explore science in the kitchen with chemical reactions, candy science, edible slime, salt crystals, liquid density and more! Experiments for preschool science, kindergarten science, and early elementary science.Outdoor Nature Science Activities for Kids. Practical outdoor science ideas for kids.

OCEAN

PHYSIC EXPERIMENTS

PLANTS

Easy and fun ocean activities for kids simple physics activities for kidsPlant activities for preschool science and spring STEM

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

SCIENCE IN A JAR

STEM activities for kids. The best resource for science activities and STEM challenges you will ever need. We have everything science including chemistry and physics for kids for ages 3-9. We even have slime science and homemade slime recipes. Simple and easy kids science experiments that make for fun science activities kids can't get enough of!Try science in a jar with these simple mason jar science activities that include cloud models, homemade butter, and more!,

SLIME SCIENCE 

Learn how to set up science with slime and the science method including our favorite homemade slime recipes!

SPACE

WEATHER

Space Activities and MMoon Activities for Kids Science and STEMweather activities for preschool

WATER EXPERIMENTS

The 100 Days of Summer STEM continues with week 4: Water Science Activities. This week is all about water because water and summer science go together perfectly. Simple science activities that you can really pull off, are simple to set up, and kids love! What's better then that? Here, we love to do simple science and STEM activities all year long.

TECHNOLOGY 

ALGORITHM GAMES

LEGO CODING 

CHRISTMAS CODING GAMES

Printable algorithm coding game for kids. Screen free computer coding game teaches basics of sequence of actions. Build a base for computer science with a DIY coding game you can change around over and over again. LEGO Computer Coding

ENGINEERING 

STEM is inspired by the world around us.  Have you ever noticed all of the unique buildings, bridges, and structures that make up our communities? There are so many unique ways to build structures with STEM.

BUILDING ACTIVITIES

CUP TOWER CHALLENGE

EGG DROP PROJECT

Best Structure Building Activities to do with kids. Awesome engineering and kids STEM activities for building structures.100 cup tower challenge with free PDF printableegg drop ideas for kids to try

DIY KITE

DIY SOLAR OVEN

LEGO BUILDING IDEAS

LEPRECHAUN TRAP

MARBLE RUN

20 Lego Play Ideas Lego Science Lego Zip Line Lego GamesFind great ideas for making leprechaun trips this month! Learn how to make a leprechaun trap with easy ideas, tips, and suggestions.Build your own lego marble run for a fun and easy STEM activity.

POPSICLE STICK CATAPULT

RECYCLABLE STEM PROJECTS

SELF PROPELLED VEHICLES

popsicle stick catapultRecycled STEM activities and challenges for kids! Fun ways to use recycled items to come up with STEM activities you can do at home. Perfect for Earth Day STEM challenges. Have your kids design and engineer their own ideas from the recycling bin or from old items you have laying around the house. Little inventors will love STEM activities with cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, and odd parts. Set up an inventors box, put together a STEM kit or tinker tray filled with reusable STEM items for the young engineer.Building Vehicle STEM Activities for STEM activities and science activities that kids love!

FIRST GRADE STEM… TRY TINKERING

Tinkering is a great way to get kids interested in engineering and inventing. Have kids draw and design plans for a new invention. Ask questions! What works well? What doesn’t work well? What could be different? What could you change?

A simple tinkering station we like to use includes:

  • straws
  • pipe cleaners
  • colored tape
  • popsicle sticks
  • rubber bands
  • string
  • recycled items

Also check out our dollar store engineering kit for kids!

THEME SCIENCE KITS

We also like to make holiday and seasonally themed tinker trays. Check out:

Dollar Store Engineering Kit for Kids STEM Activities Tinkering Tray

MATH

3D BUBBLE SHAPES

APPLE FRACTIONS

CANDY MATH

APPLE FRACTIONS PRINTABLECounting Candy Halloween Math Activity Leftover Candy-3

GEOBOARD

GEOMETRIC SHAPES

LEGO MATH CHALLENGES

Geo flower STEAM craft for kids and loom band activity perfect for Mother's Day.Geometric Shapes Activity for preschool and kindergarten math play. Simple invitation to explore geometry at home or in a classroom math center.Free LEGO math challenge cards for basic math skills!

PI GEOMETRY

PUMPKIN MATH

Pi activities circle math geometry STEAM activitiesMeasuring Pumpkins Math Activity Fall STEM

AWESOME STEM ACTIVITIES FOR FIRST GRADE!

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