Halloween STEM activities for 1st grade are a fun way for 1st graders to explore science, technology, engineering, and math during Halloween!
If you are teaching first grade, or have a first grader in your home, you know how fun teaching science can be!
First graders have so much wonder about the world still, and yet, they are also big enough to really learn some basic science concepts!
During the Halloween season, I always like to bring in some seasonal STEM fun with my first graders so that they can complete Halloween STEM activities in an age-appropriate way.
First Grade STEM Activities for Halloween that Kids Will Love!
Students and kiddos at home will have a blast completing any of the 1st grade Halloween STEM activities on this list.
How to Do Halloween STEM Activities in 1st Grade
First grade STEM activities introduce scientific concepts and scientific thinking.
A first grader won’t be able to do extended scientific discoveries and tasks, but they can learn to ask a question and find an answer.
Depending on how much help you have in the classroom, you may use a lot of these first grade STEM activities as science demonstrations, rather than allowing the kids to explore the materials themselves.
This can cut down on mess, but when possible, I always encourage young kids to do their own experiments.
Things can get messy, but it’s well worth the knowledge they gain in my opinion!
Once October is over, there is plenty of time to go back to regular creative STEM activities!
What You Need for 1st Grade Halloween STEM Activities
When you are doing Halloween STEM activities with kids, you’ll need some fun spooky items in addition to regular basic STEM activity supplies.
Here are the basic STEM supplies we like to use:
For the activities listed below, you’ll also want to have on hand:
- Elmer’s glue
- Liquid laundry starch
- Play dough
- Baking soda
- Plastic straws
- Soap coloring
- Craft supplies
- Science flasks/beakers
- Plastic jars
- Mason jars
- LEGO bricks
Don’t forget to pick up a set of Halloween STEM challenge cards!
Easy 1st Grade Halloween STEM Activities
Try these Halloween Science Experiments in a Jar!
Here are some of our favorite Halloween STEM activities for the first grade classroom:
1st Grade Halloween Science Experiments
These Halloween science experiments are perfect for first grade.
My kids always love making this super gross Eyeball Slime. It really looks just like an eyeball, and it’s fun to gross the kids out with it.
I also still like to do a lot of sensory-based science in first grade. These Halloween Sensory Activities are a fun assortment that can be used in a STEM classroom.
Young kids love science experiments that have big results, which is why I always break out the Pumpkin volcano experiment every year.
If you need even more first grade science for Halloween, we love these pumpkin science experiments.
1st Grade Halloween Technology Activities
Learning about technology can start at any age!
In first grade, I like to use technology activities as an exploration for the kinds of tools scientists use and how tools can be used to solve problems.
Learn about food preservation by making Halloween Monster Eggs!
Learn about light and shadows when you make Halloween Shadow Puppets.
And we always like to do a slime activity when talking about technology and tools! Here are 11 Halloween Slime recipes Your Kids Will Go Nuts For.
1st Grade Halloween Engineering Activities
These engineering activities are a fun twist on engineering activities in first grade.
Try the Eyeball STEM Challenge! It’s exactly what it sounds like.
First graders will love this create Your Own Monster STEM Activity for Kids!
First graders can learn a lot of engineering basics with these 4 Simple and Fun Pumpkin Activities
Try the black glue pumpkin craft and learn about the structure of pumpkins.
Build Cotton Swab Skeletons and learn how skeletons work.
1st Grade Halloween Math Challenges
These Halloween math challenges are perfect for first grade. These are not activities that I made, but they are suitable for the first grade classroom and are tons of fun!
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