3 STEM crafts for kids
Just because school is out for summer doesn't mean the learning has to end. Keep kids busy this summer with three fun science, technology, engineering and math crafts they will love.
Tornado in a jar
Witness weather in action by helping your kids craft their own tornado in a jar.
- Glass or plastic jar
- Dish soap
- Food coloring
- Put a few drops of dish soap and food coloring in the bottom of the jar, then fill the jar up 3/4 full with water.
- Add approximately 1 teaspoon of vinegar to the water and sprinkle in some glitter.
- Put the lid on the jar and turn the jar upside down.
- Swirl the jar in a circular motion and when you set it down a tornado will appear within the jar.
Balloon hovercraft project
Hovercrafts aren't just the stuff of science fiction movies. You can make your own with a few simple supplies.
- Bottle cap
- Hot glue gun
- Use the hammer and nail to punch 1 or 2 small holes in the top of the bottle cap.
- Heat up the hot glue gun and run a small line of glue around the base of the bottle cap.
- Glue the bottle cap over the hole in the center of the CD.
- Carefully stretch the open end of the balloon over the bottle cap.
- Blow up the balloon through the bottle cap from the underside of the CD.
- Place the hovercraft on a flat surface and watch it move.
Engineering with candy
Let your little engineers build fun and colorful structures out of toothpicks and candy.
- Dots or other gummy candy
- Stick the toothpicks in the gummy candy.
- Connect multiple pieces together to build different shapes and structures.
- Experiment with how high and how wide you can build your structures before they fall down.