STEM + Art = STEAM! When kids combine STEM and art, they can really explore their creative side from painting to sculpture! These easy STEAM projects incorporate art and science for a truly fun experience. Great for preschoolers to elementary who may not be keen on art and crafts. Explore STEAM with the kids this year!
FUN AND EASY STEAM PROJECTS FOR KIDS
STEAM ACTIVITIES FOR ELEMENTARY
Get ready to add these simple STEAM activities to your STEM lesson plans this year. If you want to learn more about combining art and science for art and craft projects, let’s grab the supplies. While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun science activities.
Our STEAM project ideas are designed with you, the parent or teacher, in mind. Easy to set up, quick to do, most activities will take only 15 to 30 minutes to complete and are heaps of fun. Plus, our supplies lists usually contain only free or cheap materials you can source from home.
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STEAM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Let’s get right to these fun STEAM activities for kids. Head to the kitchen, open the pantry, and get prepared to explore science theme art. Be prepared, this might get a little messy! Also download and print our free bonus STEAM project guide below.
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!
ALSO TRY THESE OTHER STEAM CRAFTS…
Let’s 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 in the process.
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.
Combine a popular kitchen tool and a bit of physics for cool art and science that everyone is sure to love! Even take this STEAM activity outside on a lovely day.
Three common household or classroom supplies and you have a cool summer art project. Make an abstract picture, make a tye-dye, or make a masterpiece with this fun STEAM activity!
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!
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 a little boredom, observation, and creativity can do for an afternoon. This drawing shadows STEAM activity is perfect for unplugged play!
Why do jellyfish glow? Make your own glow in the dark jellyfish from simple materials and hang it in a dark room!
10. 3D PAPERCRAFT
Try one or both of these fun 3D papercrafts! Learn about how three dimensional craft explores height, width, and depth in the space that 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 take the elements and change it to any theme!
11. SALT PAINTING
What is it about the properties of salt that makes it awesome for using with watercolor painting? Find out how to make your own raised salt painting.
ALSO CHECK OUT: How To Make Watercolor Paints
Explore simple soluble science and learn about the colors of the rainbow with these easy coffee filter STEAM activity.
13. MELTING CRAYONS
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
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14. Magnet Painting
Explore process art with this easy to set up and hands-on magnet painting activity. Learn about magnetism while creating your own unique artwork.
We also used magnet painting to make these colorful marbled Christmas ornaments.
15. MARBLED PAPER
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.
EASY STEAM ACTIVITIES FOR SCIENCE AND ART!
Which STEAM activity will you try first?
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