My kids love a good fairy tale story. It doesn’t matter if it’s completely made up or a timeless classic, they could listen to those stories for hours! If you are looking for a new way to incorporate STEM into your classroom, a fun fairy tale STEM activity could be just what you need!
These storybook STEM activities all focus on a particular fairy tale, though you could use some of them for multiple stories.
These STEM activities for kids will surround some of your favorite childhood stories, and continue the magic even after you’re done reading.
Keep reading to find a fun fairy tale STEM activity or storybook STEM activity that your kids and students will love!
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Why do Fairy Tale STEM Activities?
Some kids really take to fairy tales, while others don’t. My oldest daughter wanted nothing to do with fairytales, so just doing classic science fair projects with her was enough.
My middle daughter, however, is a lot more into fairytales and fantasy stories. So for her, she sometimes needs that story hook to be interested in STEM activities.
She loves STEM, and she loves quick STEM activities, but she’s not as interested in the why behind the experiment. She likes the flash and the activity, but for her to get interested in the why, she needs a reason.
So, applying these storybook STEM activities to fairytale stories is perfect for her. She wants to help out the characters, and so using these themes helps her understand the science and STEM lessons behind the science demonstrations.
And, she’s definitely not the only child that needs a bit of story motivation!
If your kids are also like my middle daughter, then keep reading to get to the fairytale STEM activities!
Fairy Tale STEM Kits
If you can’t find supplies for your fairy tale STEM challenges, these kits are ready-to-go!
The Mason Jar Scientist: 30 Jarring STEAM-Based ProjectsGoldieBlox and The Spinning MachineStoryTime STEM: Folk & Fairy Tales: 10 Favorite Stories With Hands-On InvestigationsKeep It Simple, Rapunzel!: The Fairy-Tale Physics of Simple Machines (STEM-Twisted Fairy Tales)Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Take the Temperature Test and Solve the Porridge Puzzle! (Fairy Tale Fixers: Fixing Fairy Tale Problems with Stem)Jack and the Beanstalk: Chart Your Magic Bean’s Life Cycle! (Fairy Tale Fixers: Fixing Fairy Tale Problems With STEM)What’s the Matter with the Three Little Pigs?: The Fairy-Tale Physics of Matter (STEM-Twisted Fairy Tales)Move On Up That Beanstalk, Jack!: The Fairy-Tale Physics of Forces and Motion (STEM-Twisted Fairy Tales)
Fairy Tale STEM Kits
Try these fairy tale STEM kits with your kiddos!
Playz Unicorn Slime & Crystals Science Kit Gift for Girls & Boys with 50+ STEM Experiments to Make Glow in The Dark Unicorn Poop, Snot, Fluffy Slime, Crystals, Putty, Arts & Crafts for Kids Age 8-12Thames & Kosmos Rainbow Gummy Candy Lab – Unicorns, Clouds & Rainbows! Sweet Science STEM Experiment Kit, Make Your Own Gummy Candies in Cool Shapes & ColorsUnicorn Terrarium Kit for Kids – Girls or Boys Science Kits Stem Gifts with Night Light – DIY Craft Educational Garden Discovery Art for Age 4-12DIY Soap Making Kit – Make Your Own Unicorn Soap with Unicorn tears, Great DIY Craft Project, Gift & STEM Science Experiment for Kids Ages 6 and UpYouniverse Fizzing Unicorn Gemstones Dig Stem Science Kit by Horizon Group USA, Excavate, Dig & Reveal Colorful Gemstones for DIY Jewelry Making, Unicorn Poo Fizzing Dig, Turquoise, Amethyst & QuartzYouniverse Create Your Own 3D Crystal Growing Unicorn by Horizon Group USA, DIY Crystal Growing, Color Your Own Unicorn, Yellow, Pink, BluePop Fizz Make Your Own Fizzing Unicorn Surprise DIY Bath Bomb by Horizon Group Us, Find Your Magical Unicorn Surprise Inside, Essential Oils & Fruity Scents Included, Pink, Yellow& GlitterUnicorn Slime Kit Supplies for Girls- DIY Stuff and Activator for Fluffy Cloud Floam Butter SlimeBedwina Mini Unicorn Toy Figures – (Pack of 12) Squirt Bath Tub Toy for Kids, Squeezable and Squirtable Figurine Party Favor Supplies, Goodie Bag Fillers and Stocking StuffersArtCreativity Unicorn Water Squirt Toys for Kids, Pack of 12, Unicorn Birthday Party Favors, Bath Tub and Pool Toys for Children, Safe and Durable Squirters, Goodie Bag Stuffers
The Ultimate List of Storybook STEM Activities
If your kids love fairy tales, they will love these storybook STEM challenges and activities!
STEM Activities with Fairy Tale Characters
These STEM activities are about fairy tale creatures, but not necessarily for specific fairytales.
Make a Unicorn Scribble Bot and get a mythical creature to write for you.
Try the Light Up Unicorn Horn Circuit Activity in case a fairy tale creature needs a lighted unicorn to travel at night!
Make this Princess Sofia Slime and bring some science to the kingdom.
Even unicorns have to poop! This Rainbow Unicorn Poop Slime is kind of gross, but it’s fun and kids love it.
Build a Leprechaun Trap and capture that pesky leprechaun!
Make a Light-Up Mermaid Circuit Activity and your mermaid will be the envy of all her non-lighted friends.
Mythical and magic Mermaid Slime fits right in with any fairytale STEM lessons!
If you don’t want to make specific princess slime, this everyday Princess Slime teaches about polymer chains.
Try these fun Princess STEM Challenges and boost STEM thinking skills early.
Make a Gumdrop Bridge to keep your fairytale creatures safe!
Have fun with the Frozen gang and learn about Frozen Fairy Tale Science!
Storybook STEM Activities
These STEM activities can all be tied directly to storybooks and classic fairy tales.
Make a Sugar Rainbow Density Tower to go along with the Zooey and Sassafrass books.
When reading The Gingerbread Man story, do these Gingerbread Man Science Activities.
Reading about Cinderella? Do the Cinderella Carriage STEM challenge!
Try the Three Little Pigs Architecture Project when you are reading the classic fairy tale.
Don’t let LRRH get lost! Do this Little Red Riding Hood Activity so she has a map to follow.
Try this Goldilocks and the Three Bears STEM Project when reading the fun fairy tale.
Read about the Billy Goats Gruff and make your own The Thrill Billy Goats Gruff Bridge Building Activity!