Winter is in full swing and many of us are experiencing frigid temperatures. If you're staying indoors to keep warm, these four Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities will keep your little ones entertained. In addition to keeping busy, they'll be learning too! How can marshmallows help you learn engineering and necklaces help you learn code? Read below to find out!
SCIENCE: Erupting Snowballs
Photo by Wunder Mom
Baking soda science experiments are a simple, safe way to teach children about chemical reactions. Both Wunder-Mom and Little Bins for Little Hands offer fun, seasonal twists on the classic baking soda and vinegar volcano. Whether you choose to erupt a snowball or melt a snowball, the fizz and bubbles are sure to entertain.
TECHNOLOGY: Binary Code Necklace
Photo by The Lion is a Bookworm
Introduce children to Binary Code with this simple activity. All you need is string and three colors of beads: one color to represent 0s, a second to represent 1s, and a third to represent spaces (optional). From there, pick something to spell, and translate it to binary code using the beads. We’ve seen some holiday ornaments created through this method, but we also think these necklaces make great gifts for others any time of year. The Lion is a Bookworm tells how she shared the activity with students in her library program.
ENGINEERING: Marshmallow Catapult
Photo by Little Bins for Little Hands
If you have a bag of marshmallows in your pantry to enjoy with some hot chocolate on cold winter days, why not have a little fun launching a couple of those marshmallows around your home? This marshmallow catapult featured on Little Bins for Little Hands only takes 5 minutes to make. This quick activity makes for a fun engineering challenges between siblings or friends as they work to create a catapult that will launch their marshmallows the furthest.
MATH: Snowflake Tinker Tray
Photo by Paper and Glue
We love the blend of math and art found in designing your own snow crystals, and we had lots of fun sharing some paper designs like this caticorn on our Instagram page! For an alternate to paper cutting, consider this Tinker Tray from What Can We Do With Paper and Glue. Constructing snowflakes out of items you already have around the house is a simple way to introduce symmetry, and it’s a great way for children to express their creativity.