Teaching 4th grade is a unique experience because there is a lot going on! 4th graders are transitioning from “little kid” work to “big kid” work, and that is a big shift! Sometimes it’s hard to find creative STEM activities that work for 4th grade.
Luckily for you, these winter STEM activities for 4th grade provide detailed STEM lesson plans for 4th grade and can help you provide relevant NGSS-aligned STEM activities with a fun winter twist!
Why Are Winter STEM Challenges for 4th Grade Important?
STEM is an important subject for children to learn, as the importance of STEM goes far beyond simple science education.
STEM education teaches children how to approach problems in a logcal, thoughtful way and teaches them how to design creative solutions for those problems.
No matter what career field a child goes into as an adult, they can bring the skills they learn doing STEM activities to help them succeed and think outside-the-box as adults.
Winter STEM Extensions for 4th Grade
In 4th grade, kids are learning to apply what they have learned in theory to start solving problems.
During the winter, 4th graders can use the science, math, and design skills they have learned to solve winter-themed problems.
Maybe 4th graders want to know how to reduce heating costs in the winter. Or maybe they want to learn how to keep animals safe during winter storms.
Use the winter STEM activities on this list to spark your childrens’ interests and engage with science in a hands-on way.
Each activity pack comes with 8 complete lesson plans.
Winter STEM Supply List
Make sure you have these winter STEM activity supplies on hand before starting your 4th grade winter STEM activities!
The Mason Jar Scientist: 30 Jarring STEAM-Based ProjectsBall Regular Mouth Mason Jars with Lids and Bands, 16-Ounces (4-Pack)Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil, 32 OunceBarbasol Soothing Aloe Thick & Rich Shaving Cream 10 Oz (2 Pack)Alka-Seltzer PFY BXAS50 80659297 Antacid and Pain Relief Medicine, Two-Pack (Pack of 50)Kadaon 10X Handheld Magnifier Antique Mahogany Handle Magnifier Reading Magnifying Glass for Reading Book, Inspection, Coins, Insects, Rocks, Map, Crossword PuzzleBORAX 20 Mule Team Laundry Booster, Powder, 4 PoundsFine Ground Celtic Sea Salt – (1) 16 Ounce Resealable Bag of Nutritious, Classic Sea Salt, Great for Cooking, Baking, Pickling, Finishing and More, Pantry-Friendly, Gluten-FreeMcCormick Assorted Food Color, 1 Fl Oz (Pack of 1)Food Coloring – 12 Color Vibrant Cake Food Coloring Set for Baking, Decorating, Fondant and Cooking – Upgraded Liquid Concentrated Icing Food Color Dye for Slime Making, DIY Crafts – .25 fl. oz. Each30% Pure Vinegar – Home&Garden (1 Gallon)Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda, 5 lbArgo Corn Starch 16 oz. Box (Pack of 4)
Fourth Grade STEM Activities for Winter
All of the activities on this list are STEM activities, with applicaitons in multiple STEM disciplines in each activity, but I’ve sorted them below by the main focus of the activity.
The winter math activity section has specific winter-themed math activities that are independent from the other winter STEM activities.
Winter Science Experiments for 4th Grade
Learning about winter science is a lot of fun for the 4th grade classroom!
If your 4th graders are surrounding by ice (or even if they aren’t and want to be!) then they will love these ice-themed science experiments.
4th graders will enjoy every science experiment on the list!
Borax crystal snowflakes are a lot of fun to make (and display later). This version shows students how to make them extra fast by creating a super-saturated solution.
Bring the cold weather indoors when you make your own version of a snow storm in a jar!
4th graders love slime, and this winter slime recipe teaches them the science behind slime and is an easy, low-mess recipe that is home and classroom safe.
Winter Technology Activities for 4th Grade
Try these winter-themed technology activities with your 4th graders!
In this experiment, kids learn how to make magnifying glasses and how they work. It’s all about light angles!
If it’s snowing where your fourth graders are, try this fun technology challenge that asks kids to find a new way to collect and examine snowflakes!
No matter where you are living in the world, you can use this technology challenge to explore the world and make predictions on where snow is located in the globe at any given time.
Design your own snowflake and learn about why snowflakes are all different, but all follow the same pattern of design!
Winter Engineering Activities for 4th Grade
Engineering activities with a fun winter twist will keep 4th graders busy all winter!
With a chemical reaction, you can make something that looks like ice, freezes instantly, and is a lot of fun to play with!
4th graders will love this winter activity whether it’s freezing outside or not!
If your 4th graders love Fortnite, they will have a blast with this Fortnite-themed snowglobe! It’s a fun engineering and design challenge with a wintery flair.
Just like the hot ice above, with science, you can turn water into ice in seconds! 4th graders will love learning about the science behind this activity idea.
Use this engineering activity to learn about how differnet types of heat work and when they are appropriate to use in real life. This activity focuses on convection heat!
Winter Math Activities for 4th Grade
4th graders will love these winter-themed math challenges.
4th graders will love trying these winter holiday math challenges that will help them practice essential skills in math.
Bigger kids love fun math, too! Let your 4th graders practice their math skills in these fun winter-themed math problems.
It’s winter, so why not make this fun color by number multiplcation worksheet!
4th grade students will enjoy this fun grid math with a cool wintery pengin theme!
Winter STEM Activities by Grade Level
Try these winter STEM activities for each grade level! You’ll also enjoy these snow science experiments.