If you’re looking for math activities for kids, you already know that standard math problems are boring, and sometimes hard for kids to get. That’s why hands-on STEAM math activities are incredibly valuable!
The math activities on this list combine elements of math with other things, like art, science, and other methods of hands-on learning to make the experience of learning math concepts a lot more fun!
What are STEAM Math Activities?
A STEAM math activity usually has one of two variations.
- An element of hands-on activity or art is added to the math activity to make it more fun for kids and help them understand the concepts in a concrete way. The spirolateral math art project is an example of this.
- The math problem is used to solve real-world problems or ideas, such as this math challenge where kids are asked to estimate how long it would take Santa to deliver presents.
A STEAM math activity has the goal of helping children maximize their understanding of a math concept while also showing them that math skills are necessary to solve many of today’s problems and that a lot of the day-to-day problems they encounter can be solved with math.
What Supplies Do I Need for Hands-on Math?
You’ll want to have several math manipulatives on hand for these STEAM math activities (here is a full list of what we recommend).
But for these STEAM math activities, having something physical to help solidify math concepts can be really helpful. Here are a few STEM math manipulatives you might want to invest in for your classroom or home:
Hands-on Math Activity Books
There are a few hands-on math activity books that we really love. If you want even more hands-on STEAM math ideas, you might want to pick up one of these books!
Hands-on STEAM Math Activities for Elementary Kids
We’ve done a lot of hands-on math projects over the years, and my girls love doing these math activities a lot more than standard worksheets!
The math STEAM activities on this list are suitable for both classroom use and as a supplement at home as well.
Parents and caregivers will be able to follow the instructions and the activities are fun enough that you won’t lose your kids along the way, even if its a summer holiday.
Some of the activities on this list are designed for early elementary, while others are designed for upper elementary.
Pick the math activity that aligns with the concepts that your students or children are learning at the time.
Take a look below at these hands-on STEAM math activities for elementary kids!
More Math Activities for Elementary Kids
If you love math activities for kids, try these hands-on math activities for elementary kids!