STEM + Art = STEAM! When kids combine STEM and art, they can explore their creative side from painting to sculptures! These easy STEAM projects incorporate art and science for a truly fun learning experience. Great for preschoolers to elementary kids who may not be keen on art and crafts. Explore STEAM with your kids this year!
FUN AND EASY STEAM PROJECTS FOR KIDS
WHAT ARE STEAM ACTIVITIES?
STEAM activities combine the traditional principles of science, technology, engineering, and math with a creative twist by adding the arts. Problem-solve creatively and use critical thinking skills to tackle any issues that arise! Make one of these simple STEAM-Bots!
Learners in preschool, kindergarten, early elementary, and middle school will love these activities. STEAM can grow with your kiddos or students. It can be done just as easily in the classroom with 20 kiddos as it can be done at home with one kiddo! STEAM is an excellent addition to homeschool lessons as well!
This year, prepare to add these simple STEAM activities to your STEM lesson plans. Let’s grab the supplies if you want to learn more about combining art and science projects for easy art and craft projects. While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun science activities.
Our STEAM activities are designed with you, the parent or teacher, in mind. Easy to set up, and quick to do, most activities take only 15 to 30 minutes to complete and are heaps of fun. Plus, our supply lists usually contain only free or cheap materials you can source from home.
Also, download and print our free bonus STEAM project guide below!
STEM ACTIVITY PLUS ART
Click on each STEAM activity below for the full supply list and step-by-step instructions. What a fantastic way to combine creative art projects with fun STEM activities like this 3D Paper Sculpture and engineering challenge or this Eiffel Tower engineering project
Try a simple STEAM activity with everyone’s favorite baking soda and vinegar chemical reaction. Instead of making a baking soda volcano, let’s make baking soda paint!
Turn simple coffee filters into a gorgeous bouquet of coffee filter flowers. Make sure to learn about solubility in the process!
More Coffee Filter Craft Ideas…
Explore simple soluble science and learn about the colors of the rainbow with this easy coffee filter STEAM activity.
Famous scientist Isaac Newton discovered that light is made up of many colors. Learn more by making your own spinning color wheel! Can you make white light from all the different colors?
Explore Fibonacci’s life with this fantastic mini-pack filled with excellent activities and combine math and art. Did you know Fibonacci Day is November 23rd?
Whip up a batch of fizzing baking soda paint and use the opportunity to learn about the different phases of the moon and what causes us to see only part of the moon! This fun moon craft lets kids get creative and learn some simple astronomy. Explore moon phases.
Why do jellyfish glow? Make your own glow-in-the-dark jellyfish STEAM craft from simple materials and hang it in a dark room!
Use a change in states of matter for this outdoor art activity! From a solid to a liquid, ice paints are pretty cool!
I looked over one afternoon and saw my son sitting at the kitchen table drawing shadows with his latest LEGO building ideas. So I snapped a few photos to show just what boredom, observation, and creativity can do for an afternoon. Drawing shadows is a great way to combine light science with art. Check out this animal silhouette or shadow puppets project as well.
We all love a sunny day, and it makes a perfect day to try some outdoor STEAM with these LEGO construction paper sun prints. Quick and easy to set up, this is a fun science activity with an added art bonus.
Use lemons to make a lemon volcano and explore colors and color mixing with food coloring and bubbling eruptions!
Explore process art combined with science! This easy-to-set-up and hands-on magnet painting gives kids the opportunity to explore magnetism while creating a unique work of art.
We also used magnet painting to make these colorful marbled Christmas ornaments.
Make your own DIY marble paper with a few simple kitchen supplies. See what happens when you add paper to a colored oil and water mix.
Find out how to melt crayons in the oven and make these cute and colorful recycled crayons from old bits. Plus, its a great example of reversible change for kids!
Also check out… LEGO Crayons
Combine a popular kitchen tool and a bit of physics for cool STEAM activity that everyone is sure to love! Even take this STEAM project outside on a lovely day.
Three common household or classroom supplies and you have a fun art project. Make an abstract picture, make a tie-dye, or make a masterpiece with this fun STEAM activity!
While you are it, why not try this fun science experiment with paper towels – Walking Water!
Learn how to make homemade paper and the process behind this art!
Kids can add as much mixed media as they want to this science-themed art project exploring parts of a flower! Fun flower STEAM for spring.
You can still take art outside on a rainy day and explore how rainwater creates a fantastic masterpiece! This fun process art project mixed with science is an easy to do STEAM activity. Hint: you don’t even need a rainy day!
This cool salad spinner art is very easy to make with just a few simple materials. Combine art with science, and learn about forces. Gather a few simple items for this STEAM activity and let’s get started!
Try one or both of these fun 3D papercrafts! Learn about how three-dimensional craft explores height, width, and depth in the space it occupies. These processes are called additive and subtractive (there’s a bit of math for your STEAM)!
This may be Halloween-themed, but think about how you can change the elements to any theme!
What is it about the properties of salt that make it awesome for use with watercolor painting? Find out how to make your own raised salt painting.
ALSO CHECK OUT: How To Make Watercolor Paints
Have fun with math with our Tangram heart card for Mother’s Day. Express your love and appreciation for Mom using tangram shapes. It’s not quite as easy at it looks, but it definitely encourages kids to get thinking!
Explore the science of tie dye with this simple tie dye paper art activity.
Explore the work of Neil deGrasse Tyson and create a watercolor galaxy to explore space!
Try this simple to-set-up water droplet painting activity for kids.
Science Meets Biology
Add art to your next biology unit on cells and make collages to learn about the various parts found in both animal and plant cells.
Looking for more easy fun ideas for kids? Check out these art and science resources below!
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Printable Science Projects Pack
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- 90+ classic science activities with journal pages, supply lists, set up and process, and science information. NEW! Activity-specific observation pages!
- Best science practices posters and our original science method process folders for extra alternatives!
- Be a Collector activities pack introduces kids to the world of making collections through the eyes of a scientist. What will they collect first?
- Know the Words Science vocabulary pack includes flashcards, crosswords, and word searches that illuminate keywords in the experiments!
- My science journal writing prompts explore what it means to be a scientist!!
- Bonus STEAM Project Pack: Art meets science with doable projects!
- Bonus Quick Grab Packs for Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics
- Science Fair Project Pack with experiments to try!