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Simple Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 1st Grade

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In 1st grade, STEM activities should be fun! That’s why we have so many Thanksgiving STEM activities and Thanksgiving science experiments at STEAMsational!

This list of Thanksgiving STEM activities for 1st grade is designed with 1st-grade kids in mind and the STEM challenges can be done in the classroom or at home during Thanksgiving break!

This list of Thanksgiving STEM activities for 1st grade is designed to be done in the classroom or at home during Thanksgiving break!

Simple Thanksgiving STEM Activities for First Grade

We know you don’t have tons of time to plan and create detailed Thanksgiving STEM projects for 1st graders, which is why we’ve made it easy!

In this article, you’ll find a list of over 11 first-grade-friendly STEM activities that are perfect to do in the classroom during November.

You can also try these Thanksgiving STEM challenges at home with the kids during break!

If you want even less prep and planning to do, check out our

November STEM activities and Thanksgiving STEM challenges complete with lesson plans and worksheets!

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The Benefits of STEM Education in Elementary

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First grade kiddos still love to explore the world and have fun learning about everything around them.

That’s why STEM projects are so much fun with first grade kids!

For greatest impact, don’t focus too much on the facts and boring parts of STEM, but rather focus on the process and having fun!

This will help build a foundational love of learning in first grade kids that will travel far beyond science class.

Have fun with this list of 1st grade Thanksgiving STEM activities!

Supplies for Thanksgiving STEM Activities

Check out this list of handy supplies to keep on hand for your first-grade STEM lessons!

Check out this list of STEAM supplies for the classroom or home before setting up any of your experiments!

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1st Grade Thanksgiving STEM Activities

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Enjoy this list of simple Thanksgiving STEM activities to try with first graders!

Thanksgiving Science Experiments for First Grade

Learn how to make butter right in the classrom!

First grade kids will love making this pretty Fall Leaf Slime.

First graders will love this gross hand washing experiment that teaches the importance of hand washing before you cook!

Try this Bread Mold Experiment and learn what makes mold thrive.

In the Dancing Popcorn Experiment, first grade kiddos can learn about chemical reactions.

Make this taste-safe Cranberry Slime Recipe and learn about how thickeners are used in the Thanksgiving kitchen.

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Thanksgiving Technology Activities for First Grade

First grade students will love trying these Thanksgiving STEM Challenges.

Make a turkey transporter and see if you can help a turkey fly!

First graders can build their own turkey models and learn about the life cycle of turkeys.

Explore tools used in the kitchen with these kitchen science experiments.

Thanksgiving Engineering Activities for 1st Grade

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The November STEM pack has 8 fun STEAM projects for first grade kiddos to try!

In the Turkey Egg Drop Engineering Challenge, first graders can learn how to keep a turkey safe from a fall!

Build your own Thanksgiving Candy Catapult and see how far you can get candy corn or regular corn to travel.

Follow this guide to create a Mini Mayflower and learn about boat engineering.

Thanksgiving Math Activities for 1st Grade

Try this Thanksgiving count and tally as a fun twist on first grade math!

First grade kiddos will have a lot of fun with these Thanksgiving math bump games.

Get those numbers learned easily with a Thanksgiving 100s chart.

Thanksgiving make 10 activities are prefect for first grade students.

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If you need more Thanksgiving STEM Activities try:

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Preschool

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Kindergarten

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Second Grade

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Third Grade

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Fourth Grade

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Fifth Grade

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Middle School

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