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Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Elementary Kids

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Kids will have a blast with these Thanksgiving STEM activities.

Today, one of the things we can be the most thankful for is the science and technology that makes our lives so much easier. 

This November in your classroom (or home), show kids how science and Thanksgiving are forever combined thanks to the wonders of the baking and cooking processes with Thanksgiving STEAM activities.

There are so many Thanksgiving STEM challenges to try!

STEM Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom or Home

In 1621, the very first Thanksgiving was held.

At that time, I doubt any of the pilgrims or Native Americans were thinking about science, they were happy to be alive!

But luckily, we don’t have to worry about staying alive through the winter as much as the early colonists did.

This November in your classroom (or home), show kids how science and Thanksgiving are forever combined thanks to the wonders of the baking and cooking processes with Thanksgiving STEM activities.

Instead, we get to focus on fun Thanksgiving STEM activity ideas!

Kids will love these hands-on Thanksgiving STEAM activities that will help them remember this Thanksgiving as one of the best ever.

And for many of these Thanksgiving STEM ideas, you can EAT them!

How fun is that?

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Why are Thanksgiving STEAM Activities Important?

There are a lot of benefits of STEM education, but for us, seasonal STEM activities are what motivate my kids to build a lasting interest in science.

When I was a child, I didn’t like science. I couldn’t see how it was relevant to me or my life.

Today’s STEM education is much better at fostering a true love of science than science class in decades past, and even if you aren’t a teacher, you can learn how to foster a love of STEM at home.

thanksgiving stem activity ideas

One of the things I found out when my eldest daughter was young is that if I allowed her to lead the way with her interests and pick the *how* of how we explored something after I picked the *what*, she retained a lot more information!

So, that’s how we started completing seasonal STEM activities like these Thanksgiving STEM activities!

It’s been 10 years since I first started doing STEM activities with my eldest daughter, and her love of science continues into high school.

And it all started with simple kitchen science experiments!

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Elementary Students

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Kids will love these hands-on science and STEM activities that are perfect for Thanksgiving!

Try some in your STEM labs during November (also check our our November STEM challenges) or if you’re a parent, try a Thanksgiving STEM activity during your November break!

Get 40 printable Thanksgiving STEM challenges with these Thanksgiving STEM challenge cards.

Make Butter the old-fashioned way! Start your kitchen science with something kids can bring to the Thanskgiving table!

Transform boring cranberries into taste-safe slime!

Make these leaf math number cards and explore math concepts.

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Use apples as a building material and try your own engineering challenges!

Create a pumpkin density tower and learn all about the parts of a pumpkin.

Explore chemical reactions when you make a pumpkin volcano.

Kids will love these pumpkin activities. 

Cover pumpkins in salt crystals. 

Make corn dance in this science activity.

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Read these fun science books about pumpkins!

Build a turkey from an egg carton.

Learn about the colors inside leaves with this leaf chromatography experiment.

Make salt crystal leaves and learn about crystal formation and molecular bonds.

Explore 8 Thanksgiving STEM challenges in the November STEAM pack!

Try coding with a fun Thanksgiving theme with these printable Thanksgiving coding activities!

Even More Thanksgiving STEM Experiments

Get a break-down of age-appropriate Thanksgiving STEM activities below:

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Preschool

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Kindergarten

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for First Grade

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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