With back to school season just around the corner, it’s time to get kids excited about school and learning once again with these STEM activities for back to school!
I love using STEM activities to get kids back in a learning mood for fall STEM activities, and what’s even more fun about these particular STEM projects is they are all back to school themed!
Kids will love trying out these back-to-school STEM activities in the classroom as a bridge between summer break and fall learning and are the perfect first week of school STEM activities!
Amazingly Fun STEM Activities for Back to School
You can use these ideas in the classroom or at home to inspire scientific inquiry and critical thinking in kids of all ages.
Most of these projects are designed for elementary-aged kids, but you can modify many of themes to also work in a kindergarten or preschool classroom.
Benefits of Back to School STEM Challenges
First week of school STEM activities are a fun way to re-introduce hands-on learning to kids. In the classroom, you can use these activities to help remind kids of the proper behavior for STEM labs.
These can also be used to remind kids of the scientific process and how STEM education is run in your school.
At home, you can use these fun STEM activities for back to school to supplement your child’s science education.
Particularly while more kids are engaging in online learning, it falls to parents to provide some of the missing hands-on STEM pieces.
Most of these activities can be done easily at home and don;t
Back to School STEM Activities for Early Elementary
These STEM activities for back to school will delight kids and help them see that learning can be fun and is certainly nothing to dread doing again!
Kids will love trying to repeat these activities over and over again.
Science, technology, engineering, and math can be fun when approached in a hands-on way!
Use pencils and try the Leak Proof Bag Science Experiment!
Try the Bending Pencil Experiment and learn about light refraction.
Using a small motor and a brush, you can Build a Painting Robot that can do art for you!
Make salt crystal apples and explore the science of crystals.
Add cinnamon or apple essential oil to this fluffy apple slime and learn about polymer chains!
Make math fun with Snack Math .
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Early elementary kids will have fun with School Bus Math.
Try Building with Apples and explore engineering.
Young kids will love trying this Paper Clip Skip Counting Activity .
Make a realistic apple with this Pipe Cleaner and Straw Apple Craft .
Use a pencil and learn How to Make Lightening With a Pencil.
Young learners will have fun with these Apple Counting Clip Cards.
Use a pencil to learn about friction! Pencil to Pick Up Rice .
Learn basic addition with a school bus theme! School Bus Addition Mat
Try this fun Number Bonds Math Activity Using Mini Erasers.
Learn to work in a team with these Back to School STEM Activities for Team Building!
Kids will have fun with this Fill the Jar Addition Game Using Mini Erasers.