STEM + Art  = STEAM! When kids combine STEM and art, they can really 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

steam projects for kids that combine art and science

WHAT ARE STEAM ACTIVITIES?

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 easy 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 activities 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.

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!

Click here to grab your FREE printable STEAM project ideas list!

STEAM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Click on each STEAM activity below for the full supply list and step by step instructions.

BAKING SODA PAINT

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!

COFFEE FILTER FLOWERS

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…

COFFEE FILTER RAINBOW

Explore simple soluble science and learn about the colors of the rainbow with these easy coffee filter STEAM activity.

FIZZY PAINT MOON CRAFT

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.

fizzy moon craft

GLOW IN THE DARK JELLYFISH

Why do jellyfish glow? Make your own glow in the dark jellyfish STEAM craft from simple materials and hang it in a dark room!

LEGO SHADOW DRAWINGS

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. Drawing shadows is perfect for unplugged play!

LEGO SUN PRINTS

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. 

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.

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.

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

make crayon stars with kids

OCEAN THEME SALT PAINTING

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.

PAPER TOWEL ART

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!

RAIN PAINTING

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!

Rain Art

SALAD SPINNER ART

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!

Salad Spinner Art Summer STEAM Project for Kids

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!

HALLOWEEN PAPERCRAFT

THANKSGIVING PAPERCRAFT

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

TANGRAM HEART CARD

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!

TIE DYE PAPER

Explore the science of tie dye with this simple tie dye paper art activity.

Tie Dyed Paper

WATER DROP PAINTING

Try this simple to set up water droplet painting activity for kids.

Water Drop Painting

EASY STEAM ACTIVITIES FOR SCIENCE AND ART!

Looking for more easy fun ideas for kids? Check out these art and science resources below!

ART FOR KIDS

STEM FOR KIDS

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