Spring break 2022: best STEM activities for elementary school kids

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Dreading two weeks of repeat Encanto and Fortnite battles? Get them addicted to STEM projects.

With spring break fast approaching in BC and the ever-unpredictable weather in March, lining up (relatively) quiet indoor activities that encourage touch-based play and less screen time is necessary for health management. mentality of the whole household.

When manually selecting age-appropriate activity boxes, there are specific considerations: Can a child reasonably do this activity without individual adult supervision? How long will the activity last (on average)? Does it correspond to the interest of a child? What will the cleaning situation look like? How many uses does an activity get?

For kids approaching their tweens, we’ve included body exploration stuff, including a skeleton kit and a book on big body changes.

STEM KITS FOR AGES 4 TO 6

This 3D building block kit includes 148 pieces and a carrying case for easy cleaning. They can start simple with a house or tackle more complex designs like a car or a flower and the blocks can accommodate their blossoming imagination. $17 at Amazon.

bubble science kit

Most kids don’t need convincing to play with bubbles and this KidzLabs explores the science behind all that fun. This kit can be used to create unstoppable bubbles, DIY bubble mix and includes frames of different sizes and shapes. $17 at Amazon.

5 in 1 learning kit

​Created for kids ages 6 and up, this five-in-one building kit includes all the tools, parts, and instructions to create an ATV, helicopter, robot, plane, or SVU. It’s complex enough to occupy bright minds and tap into their hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and logic. $39 on Amazon.

STEM KITS FOR AGES 7-10

Dinosaur soap kit.

They’ll be super excited for bath time after making a line of their own dinosaur-shaped soaps. This Dan & Darci Dino Soap Lab includes molds, two flavors (apple and lemon), four liquid colors, a tumbler, sticks and an instruction guide with lots of dinosaur information. It also includes glitter (which may be best ignored). When the ingredients are used up, the molds can be reused with glycerine. This process takes a bit of trial and error, a cornerstone of experimentation. $25 at Amazon.

Crayola Gross Science Kit

If using all the baking soda in the house for makeshift volcanoes is their idea of ​​a good time, this Crayola Gross Science Lab Kit contains slime molds (like brains and eyes), gelatin, cups measuring sticks, ink, cornstarch and more. After the prepackaged products are sold out, the molds and accessories can still be used for experiments with common household items. Available on Amazon and Walmart.

National Geographic Sensory Kit

For kids obsessed With all things messy, this National Geographic Science Explorations: Sensory Science kit includes slime, color-changing putty, a pound of sand (with six molds), a game board, and a learning guide. Getting your hands dirty with these three textures is a fun way to spend an afternoon. $18 at Indigo.

spongy human body

Push, poke, dissect and explore all the workings of the human body with this Squishy Human Body which includes plastic bones, malleable organs, pincers, tweezers and an illustrated anatomy book. $35 at Walmart.

STEM CHILDREN FOR 10-12 YEAR OLDS

STEM robot

STEM is not just robotics, but it can certainly include robots. This complex construction set can be assembled into a remote-controlled robot with 360-degree movement, rotating functions (like eyebrows and elbows) and spatial intelligence. $50 at Amazon.

rock goblet

This National Geographic starter tumbler uses sand and water to turn simple old rocks into polished, unique gemstones. This complete station includes the stone tumbler, half a pound of stones that can be transformed into nine different types of stones, jewelry attachments and a shiny solution. $100 at Amazon.

puberty is gross

Recommended by health educators, Puberty is gross but also really awesome by Gina Loveless is a child-centered book about big body changes. It’s a smart choice for kids who love statistics and data (like the Guinness Book of World Records) and who might be too shy to ask their parents about acne. It ensures that tweens receive the correct information at an age-appropriate level (not from their friends or on TikTok). Available at Indigo, Amazon or check your local bookstore.

SUBSCRIPTION BOX ALL AGES

KiwiCo

KiwiCo is a subscription system that Endorsed mentioned before because the kits are so creative, smart, and convenient. You can sort by age (from 0 months to 14+) and choose different types of life skills: like the Yummy Crate, which includes a shopping list and recipes for new aspiring cooks (6-14 years old) or the Atlas Crate, which uses science and art to explore cultures around the world. See projects and prices at KiwiCo.

ONLINE STEM COURSES WITHOUT CAMP COMMITMENT

If all play options are exhausted and you need help getting through a rainy afternoon, Outschool has dozens of STEM courses for different ages and abilities. Teachers are vetted and there are options like a unique LEGO club and monthly challenges. Available at Outschool.

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