5 Ways to Teach STEM With Household Objects

There comes a time where you find yourself weary of the vibrant clutter in the corner of every room in your home. The constant stray toys and steady influx of electronics begin to weigh heavily on your daily stress levels. Most parents know the feeling of “when did I even buy this?”

However, no parent wants their child to go without. We want our children to learn and grow and enjoy themselves without filling up their toy chests while simultaneously emptying our bank accounts. Fortunately, there are ways to save money and space by utilizing items that are already at your disposal. Check out these ways to to engage kids in STEM activities with household items.

 

  1. Slime!

 

Not only is this a fun science project for kids, but it’s edible! Using marshmallows, create this gooey (yet educational) su

bstance alongside your little one. Find the recipe here, and watch as you both learn and play.

 

  1. Hovercraft

 

Things that fly are ALWAYS a good time. We had kites, this generation has drones. With the help of a paper plate,  you can create a mixture of both. Check out this cool idea to explore engineering while dabbling in the creative side as well.

 

  1. At-home science experiments

 

Using kitchen items like salt and starch can prove to be quite the educational tool. This experiment creates the aesthetic of a laboratory, and with enough role-play kids will feel like actual scientists. Help children learn to identify starches while passing the time in a fun way.

 

 

 

  1. Cup challenge

 

Make use of those plastic cups you have atop the fridge and see what kind of structures can be built. Unleash that inner engineer and watch as imaginations come into play while creating intricate buildings and other masterpieces. Allow them full reign of other items they can find in the kitchen for an added burst of inspiration.

 

  1. Don’t drop the egg!

 

This age-old project is for those who don’t mind sacrificing their eggs for science. Allow children a certain amount of time to create an “egg protection device” made from household items. When their time is up, see whose can withstand the weight of the egg when dropped. Who created the most protective device and saved their egg?

 

Many of these have been tried and tested by moms, teachers, and even passed through generations. What are your favorite STEM activities?