Designing, tinkering, building, testing, and more! Engineering activities are fun, and these simple engineering projects are perfect for preschoolers and elementary students. You can even do them at home or with small groups in the classroom. Make sure to check out all of our STEM activities for all year round learning and play!
FUN ENGINEERING PROJECTS FOR KIDS
STEM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
So you might ask, what does STEM actually stand for? STEM is science, technology, engineering, and math. The most important thing you can take away from this, is that STEM is for everyone! Yes, kids of all ages can work on STEM projects and enjoy STEM lessons. STEM activities are great for group work, too!
STEM is everywhere! Just look around. The simple fact that STEM surrounds us is why it’s so important for kids to be a part of, to use and to understand STEM. From the buildings you see in town, the bridges that connect places, the computers we use, the software programs that go with them, and to the air we breathe, STEM is what makes it all possible.
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Engineering is an important part of STEM. What is engineering in kindergarten, preschool and first grade? Well, it’s putting together simple structures, and other items and in the process learning about the science behind them. Essentially, it’s a whole lot of doing!
These fun and hands-on engineering activities below will help you teach engineering to your child. Read on to find out more!
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ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
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Mobiles are free-hanging sculptures that can move in the air. Can you make a balanced mobile using our free shapes printable.
What can be more fun than making your own book? Book binding or making books has a long history, and you can start to learn about it with a simple book making activity for kids. Design and build your own book from simple supplies. Then fill the pages with your own creative story, comic or essay.
Learn about how the hovercraft works and build your own mini hovercraft that actually hovers. Play with engineering and science with this easy STEM project idea!
A good breeze and a few materials are all you need to tackle this DIY Kite STEM project at home or in the classroom. Learn what makes a kite fly and why a kite needs a tail.
It is so easy to build a marble roller coaster and it is a perfect example of a STEM activity using basic supplies. Combine design and engineering for a STEM project that will provide hours of fun and laughs!
Be inspired by famous aviator Amelia Earhart and design your own paper plane launcher.
The Eiffel tower has to be one of the most well known structures in the world. Make your own paper Eiffel tower with only tape, newspaper and a pencil.
Challenge your kiddos to build the strongest bridge possible from just paper! Plus, you can extend the activity by exploring other types of common materials!
Exploring how you use gravity to move water through a pipeline is a great STEM project. Play with engineering, science, and a little math too!
Satellites are communication devices that orbit the earth and receive and send information from the earth. All you need are a few simple supplies to make your own satellite STEM project.
No campfire needed with this engineering classic! From shoeboxes to pizza boxes, the choice of materials is up to you. Design and build a solar oven with a whole group or as a backyard boredom buster.
It’s something you eat, but is it something you can use for an engineering challenge? Absoilutely! Try this classic STEM challenge right away.
Tell the time with your own DIY sundial. For many thousands of years people would track the time with a sundial. Make your own sundial from simple supplies.
Learn about filtration and make your own water filter at home or in the classroom. All you need are a few simple supplies and some dirty water you can mix up yourself to get started.
Water wheels are machines that use the energy of flowing water to turn a wheel and the turning wheel can then power other machines to do work. Make this super simple water wheel at home or in the classroom from paper cups and a straw.
Traditionally windmills were used on farms to pump water or grind grain. Today’s windmills or wind turbines can use the wind’s energy to generate electricity. Make your own windmill at home or in the classroom for an easy engineering activity for kids.
MORE FUN STEM ACTIVITIES TO TRY
FUN AND EASY ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
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