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100+ Hands-On Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Kids of All Ages

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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 these super fun Thanksgiving science experiments and Thanksgiving STEM activities!

There are so many Thanksgiving STEM challenges to try!

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.

Easy STEM Activities for Thanksgiving

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.

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?

Why are Thanksgiving STEM Activities Important?

You can learn why is STEM important here, 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 teach STEM at home.

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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.

100+ Hands-On Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Kids from Age 2-15

Below you’ll find all of the STEM activities for Thanksgiving that we have broken into distinct grade levels. Starting with preschool, you’ll find something for the youngest STEM fans all the way up through middle school.

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Preschool Thanksgiving STEM Activities

These Preschool Thanksgiving STEM Activities are perfect for kids aged 2-4!

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Kindergarten

When kids get into kindergarten, they will want to try these Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Kindergarten.

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 1st Grade

If you are teaching first grade this year, these Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 1st Grade are just what you need.

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 2nd Grade

The Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 2nd Grade on this list are all designed with second graders in mind.

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 3rd Grade

Third graders will have a blast learning science, technology, engineering, and math with these Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 3rd Grade.

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 4th Grade

Try these Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 4th Grade with a 4th grade class or a curious 9-10 year old at home.

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Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 5th Grade

And if you are teaching 5th grade this year, you’ll want to check out this list of Thanksgiving STEM Activities for 5th Grade.

Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Middle School

Finally, we get to the top of our age range for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Try these Thanksgiving STEM Activities for Middle School if you are teaching middle school this year.

Thanksgiving Engineering Activities

Kids will love these hands-on Thanksgiving engineering activities that are perfect for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Science Experiments

If you just want more science experiments at Thanksgiving, these Thanksgiving science experiments are just what you need!

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Try some in your STEM labs during November (also check our our November STEM activities) 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.

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