The week leading up to New Years is the perfect time for a few quick STEM challenges with a New Years Eve theme! You can use what you have from around the house and pick up a few additional supplies at the local dollar store or grocery store to complete these New Years EVE STEM Activities. Kids love simple science and STEM when the experiments and challenges feature the fun themes of the season!
EASY NEW YEARS EVE STEM ACTIVITIES
QUICK STEM FOR NEW YEARS EVE
Quick STEM challenges and simple science activities are perfect any day of the week, and we think New Years is a great time to try out some fun twists on classic ideas. Check out 10 fun ways to test out STEM for the upcoming New Year!
We love to add fun theme accessories to make the New Years STEM activities feel a bit special. If you are planning a kid’s countdown for New Year’s Eve, these ideas are just right!
Check out our slime for New Years Eve! Did you know slime is chemistry?
You will find that many of these New Years Eve STEM activities offer open-ended exploration which is perfect for kids who love to tinker around. Your little engineer, scientist, or inventor will have loads of fun!
STEM is all about asking questions, problem solving, designing, testing and re-testing ideas! To read more, check out our quick STEM guide which also features a free downloadable STEM pack.
10 NEW YEARS EVE STEM ACTIVITIES
Of course these ideas carry over to New Years Day just as well! If you see a link in blue, click on it for complete set up and instructions! Otherwise, you will find fun ideas listed below as well as the supplies and set up instructions to get started.
MAKE NEW YEARS SLIME FOR CHEMISTRY
You saw the video above, now make the slime for New Years Eve! Our slime recipes are super easy to make. Read how to make New Years Eve slime here.
FIZZY NEW YEARS SCIENCE
Confetti, baking soda, and vinegar make for quick chemistry that’s super appealing to kids of all ages! Make a bubbly, fizzy version of the adult champagne with a chemical reaction. See how to make fizzy science for New Years here.
CONFETTI POPPERS WITH PHYSICS
Have a blast with homemade confetti poppers that offer a bit of simple physics too!
CHAMPAGNE GLASS STEM CHALLENGE
Who can build the tallest tower of plastic champagne glasses. click here to see the style of glasses I am talk about. These glasses can also be combined with index cards as part of the challenge.
NEW YEARS EVE ALGORITHM STEM FUN
If you want to introduce some screen free coding to the kids and have it double as a simple New Years Eve activity, try this simple STEM coding activity from my friend. Learn how to run your own program!
DESIGN A BALL DROP STEM CHALLENGE
You can have your kids put their designing and engineering skills to the test by challenging them to create their own ball drop of rNew Years EVE! Can they deign and create a homemade ball? Can they engineer a pulley system? A little research on the simple pulley machine and some creativity to make a ball is all you need! Look to items around the house to solve these challenges!
NEW YEARS EVE BALL STEM CHALLENGE
For this New Years Eve STEM activity, you can challenge your kids to make a tower to support a “New Years Ball”. For this challenge, we will use the classic spaghetti and marshmallow STEM challenge.
The marshmallow will be your BALL. Using only one large marshmallow, 20 pieces of un-cooked spaghetti, string and/or tape, challenge your kids to build the tallest tower possible to support a marshmallow on the top. You can give a time limit or keep it open ended!
NEW YEARS STEM DESIGN WITH LEGO
Next, you can challenge your kids to build a LEGO theme ball drop for New Years! This is one created by our friends over at Frugal Fun For Kids. They are a whiz at creative, kid friendly LEGO builds.
NEW YEARS BALL BALOON ROCKET
A balloon rocket is pretty cool physics to play with too! This time, turn your balloon into the New Years Eve ball and send it flying. See how to set up a balloon rocket here for easy STEM on New years Eve. (The link shows a Valentine’s Day version but will give you the set up and science. You design the balloon!)
MAGIC MILK FIREWORKS
Have you ever explored the classic science activity called magic milk? It’s pretty neat and a little bit magical too. Although there’s some simple science behind it too. Have a look at our magic milk science activity and see if it reminds you of fireworks!
3 D NEW YEARS EVE PAPER CRAFT
You can easily combine crafts and STEM and this New Years Eve paper craft is also a perfect New Years Eve STEM activity! Explore 3 D paper crafting for an unique STEM activity even an un-crafty kid will enjoy trying out!
HERE’S TO NEW YEARS EVE STEM ACTIVITIES KIDS LOVE!
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