Mid august I start to feel it, the itch for newly sharpened, bright yellow, #2 pencils. There’s something sentimental about back to school time that I will never quite forget. Not to mention you can’t beat the deals on a fresh box of pencils this time of year. Of course you can always use your pencils to fill in worksheets, or you could test out some of these totally amazing STEM activities using pencils instead!

STEM ACTIVITIES USING PENCILS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Mid august I start to feel it, the itch for newly sharpened, bright yellow, #2 pencils. There's something sentimental about back to school time that I will never quite forget. Not to mention you can't beat the deals on a fresh box of pencils this time of year. Of course you can always use your pencils to fill in boring worksheets or you could test out some of these totally amazing STEM activities using pencils instead!

Here we love super simple everything. We want our science and STEM activities to be simple, inexpensive, and most of all fun. If I can use the supplies I have around the house even better. These STEM activities using pencils are perfect for home STEM projects as well as group projects in the classroom.

WHAT IS STEM?

Let’s just make sure we are all on the same page when we talk about STEM! STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. A good or great STEM activity will contain at least two of the 4 pillars that make up the acronym. We have a handy resource that talks more about STEM and STEM for various ages here.

STEM activities also provide valuable life lessons to young kids that we talk more about here. The best part of it all is that STEM challenges, projects, and activities don’t have to be expensive {as you can see below}. Make sure to check out our STEM on a budget and dollar store engineering kit to see more of these types of ideas.

LET’S TRY STEM ACTIVITIES USING PENCILS!

All links in blue are clickable and will lead you to the exact set up of each STEM project.

Set up a number 2 pencil catapult for science, engineering, and math and see how far you can launch different objects.

Try the magic breaking pencil STEM activity and amaze the kids with just how cool science can be!

Build an amazing Da Vinci Bridge with pencils for extraordinary engineering. How much weight can it hold?

Construct a pencil tower and test your engineering skills. Set a height goal and see if you can meet it using a ruler to measure along the way.

Use pencil to a make a recycled wind vane!

Try Steve Spangler’s wind up racer using simple materials and of course a pencil.  Or check out how to make the classic leak proof bag! Both of these are on my list to try asap!

Design and build a pencil cross bow for tons of fun and learning too!

Use a pencil to build your own simple sundial outdoors and learn about how the ancient Egyptians used them to tell time.

Make a simple machine or a pulley using a pencil and a couple simple materials.

Start off the year right with a fresh batch of #2 pencils and some incredibly amazing STEM activities using pencils to get the job done.

These activities show kids just how cool STEM can be by combining learning and playing into unique ideas that can be used by everyone!

Totally awesome STEM activities using pencils that kids will love

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  1. They do work for me! Is there a specific one you are having trouble opening?

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