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!
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.
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.
- Valentines Day STEM Projects
- St Patricks Day STEM
- Earth Day Activities
- Spring STEM Activities
- Easter STEM Activities
- Summer STEM
- Fall STEM Projects
- Halloween STEM Activities
- Thanksgiving STEM Projects
- Christmas STEM Activities
- Winter STEM Activities
THE BEST STEM ACTIVITIES FOR FIRST GRADE
Simple science activities and experiments are some of our very first explorations! We have so many favorites to share.
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.
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:
- pipe cleaners
- colored tape
- popsicle sticks
- rubber bands
- 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:
- Winter Tinker Basket
- Valentines Tinker Tray
- St Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Kits
- Easter Tinker Basket
- Slime Kit
AWESOME STEM ACTIVITIES FOR FIRST GRADE!
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