S.T.E.A.M. Activities

 

 

 

 

Happy Labor Day everyone! Today we celebrate the many contributions that workers have made for America to be America! Here is a fun craft to celebrate our freedom and our great country! Step by step instructions are below. 

S.T.E.A.M.- Focusing on the A for Art

Materials:

-Paper

-Brown, White, and Orange paint

-Black and Orange markers

Step 1- Paint the bottom of your kiddo’s foot

Step 2-With the painted foot, step the paper to make the head, body, and feet

Step 3- Paint the plan of your kiddo’s hand 

Step 4- With the painted hand, stamp the paper to make the wings

Step 5-Add an eye and a beak with markers

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020 

 

 

Hello everyone! Here is a unique twist on painting- freeze it first! This is an activity your kids are sure to love! Step by step instructions are below. Happy painting!

S.T.E.A.M.- Focusing on the S for Science and the A for Art

Materials:

-Washable paint

-Ice cube tray

-White paper (butcher paper works great)

-Popsicle sticks

Step 1- grab an ice cube tray and fill each hole about half way with paint. Top it with water, stir, then cover the tray with foil. (The foil is key)

Step 2-take a knife and make popsicle stick sized holes in the tin foil all the way around the ice cube tray.

Step 3-set in the popsicle sticks – which were held upright and in place by the foil.

Step 4-let it freeze overnight

Step 5-tape paper to the floor

Step 6-place frozen paint on a plate and add a bit of water to it

Step 7-paint away!

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020 

 

 

Here is a fun, easy craft of making a Paper Plate Fish out of tissue paper! Working with small pieces of tissue paper helps kiddos to practice fine motor skills, as well as their colors! Be creative and have fun!

S.T.E.A.M.- Focusing on the A for Art and the E for Engineering

Materials:

*Large Paper Plate {one per fish craft}

* Basic Craft Scissors

* Hand-Held Office Stapler

* Colored Tissue Paper

* White School Glue

* Large Wiggle Eyes

  1. Cut a wedge/triangle out of your plate. {any size will work} The triangle you cut out will be the tail of the fish, while the hole in the plate will be the mouth. It will kinda look like Pac-Man.
  2. Glue or staple your cut out triangle to the plate, to give it the look of a fish tail.
  3. Cut small pieces of paper and staple on the sides to look like fins
  4. Cut or tear your tissue paper into squares. {The more colors you have – the more vibrant your fish will be!}
  5. Cover the entire paper plate fish with school glue and hand over to your child. Ask them to place the tissue paper all over the fish. As they are adding the tissue paper, you can add more glue.
  6. Once the fish is completely covered – glue on the wiggle eye to give it some life.
  7. And that’s it! You now have your own vibrant colored Paper Plate Tropical Fish to display.

*If you want to hang them, punch a hole on the top & string some yarn through the hole OR just hang on the fridge to display.

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020 

 

 

M&M Science Rainbow! This is a really cool experiment that will only take seconds to set up! Step by step instructions are below. Have fun!

S.T.E.A.M.– Focusing on the S for Science and the A for Art

Materials:

M&Ms, Plate, Water

  1. Arrange the M&Ms in a large circle at the outside edge of the plate.
  2. Gently add enough water to the middle of the plate until the water is touching all of the M&Ms. Be careful not to add the water too roughly or it will cause some of the M&Ms to move out of the circle.
  3. Then just watch. Over the next few minutes, a beautiful rainbow will form right before your eyes!

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020 

 

 

Rubber Band Snap Painting- the perfect activity to try with your kiddos! Step by step instructions are below. Happy painting!

S.T.E.A.M.- focusing on the A for Art

Materials: 

  • Small cookie sheet
  • Craft paper
  • 5-10 rubber bands
  • Washable Paint
  • Paint brushes
  1. Lay a piece of craft paper on a cookie sheet.
  2. Wrap the cookie sheet with 5-10 rubber bands.
  3. Have the kids paint the rubber bands with as many colors as they want.
  4. Pull the rubber bands back, while holding the cookie sheet down, and snap! Watch the paint hit the paper and make graffiti designs!

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020 

 

 

Hello guys! Here is a quick, creative Crumpled Paper art project. It is super fun and will look great when finished! Step by step instructions are below.

S.T.E.A.M.- focusing on the A for Art

Materials:

  • White paper
  • Watercolor paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Container to put paint in (I used a paper plate)

Step 1: Crumple paper into a ball

Step 2: Choose one color and use it to paint all around the outside of the ball

Step 3: Gently unfold it, and see how it looks

Step 4: Crumple it up again, and paint it with another color

Step 5: Gently unfold it and let dry, or repeat with more colors

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020 

 

Hello everyone! Here is a super cool Jelly Bean Structure craft. Show us your creative structures in the comments! Instructions are below

S.T.E.A.M.– Focusing on the E for Engineering and the M for Math

Materials:

  • Jelly beans
  • Lots of toothpicks

Instructions:

  1. Gather the materials.
  2. Draft or write a plan for jelly bean structures.
  3. Build the largest structures possible.
  4. Measure structures while building it and upon completion.

*For more S.T.E.A.M. skills, measure the structure at three different points in the construction. Complete a final measurement, as well. You can also determine the difference between the first measurement and the final measurement.

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020 

 

MATH CHALLENGE- Using only one sheet of paper and tape, see who can make the longest paper chain! See if cutting wider or skinnier strips helps to make a longer chain. Post the winning paper chains in the comments!

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

S.T.E.A.M.– Focusing on the E for Engineering and the M for Math

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020 

 

Hello everyone! Today we have a super cool Tie Dye Milk science experiment that will blow your mind! Step by step instructions are below. Have fun!

S.T.E.A.M.– Focusing on the S for Science and the A for Art

Materials:

  • Food Coloring
  • Dish Soap
  • Q-Tip
  • Milk
  • Glass Dish

Step 1: Pour the milk into the pie plate.

Step 2: Add drops of food coloring to the milk

Step 3: Dip the Q-tip into the dish soap and place in the milk. Watch the food coloring move without being stirred creating a tie dye look!

*Experiment with using different patterns of food coloring drops to create different effects when the dish soap was added.

Curious about the science behind this tie dye milk experiment? Dish soap is a surfactant, so when it is added to the milk it breaks the surface tension, causing the food coloring to swirl! And just like the dish soap will break down the soap on your dirty dishes, it breaks down the fat in the milk. During this process, the food coloring molecules are bumped and pushed around the dish.

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020 

 

 

Happy Monday everyone! Here is a great art project of making painted pasta necklaces! Be creative and show off your jewelry in the comments! Step by step instructions are below.

S.T.E.A.M.- focusing on the A for Art

Materials:

  • Tubular pasta of any size as long as it can be threaded.
  • Water color paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Water to wash your brush.
  • Art smocks/ Aprons and something to cover your work surface.
  • Container to put pasta in while painting

Step 1: Put pasta in container

Step 2: Paint away! Paint stripes, coordinate colors, etc.

Step 3: You need to be a little light on with the paint so the pasta doesn’t get too soggy, then spread it out and leave it to dry overnight.

Step 4: Once the pasta is dry it is time to thread with it!

Step 5: Then just put on your super trendy fluro pasta necklace and you’re ready for anything!

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020 

 

Happy Monday everyone! Here is a fun (and edible!) experiment to make your own rasins! Step by step instructions are below. Have fun!!
S.T.E.A.M. – focusing on the M for Math and S for Science

Materials:
– Grapes
– Sunlight
Step 1: Wash grapes and count out how many you’d like to use
Step 2: Place outside or in a window near the sun
Step 3: Check every day and record observations until your grapes dry up into raisins

 

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020

 

 


The 4th of July is in only 1 day and we have a perfect craft to do with your kiddos to celebrate! Paper Plate Flags are easy, fun, and a great way to decorate! Step by step instructions are below. Enjoy!

S.T.E.A.M.- focusing on the A for Art

Materials

  • paper plate
  • white star stickers
  • blue paint
  • red and white tissue paper
  • glue
  • hole punch
  • small piece yarn or string
  • scissors

1. Cut paper plate in half. Paint paper plate blue.

2. Put white star stickers on blue paper plate. If you don’t have star stickers, you can cut out white stars from paper

3. Cut red and white tissue paper into strips. I used 4 red strips and 3 white strips.

4. Glue the red and white tissue paper strips onto the bottom of the blue paper plate.

5. Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the top center of the blue paper plate.

6. Put a piece of yarn or string through the hole and tie a loop. I used white yarn.

7. Enjoy your paper plate flag craft.

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020

 

 

 

Happy Monday everyone! Here is a great popsicle craft that is perfect for summer and your kiddos are sure to love! Step by step instructions are below. Be creative and post your popsicles in the comments 😉

Materials
* Card stock
* Crayon or permanent marker
* Tissue paper, cut into 1/2 inch – 2 inch squares (larger squares for younger children)
* Glue
* Paintbrush
* Plate or bowl
* Popsicle stick
**Be sure
to cut larger squares for younger children. This way the craft won’t take as long for little ones with short attention spans.

 

1. To get this craft ready, I pre-cut tissue paper into squares. I left the tissue paper stacked so I could cut many squares at a time.
2. I also drew a popsicle shape onto card stock using a crayon. A permanent marker can also be used, just avoid washable markers because the colors will bleed after glue is applied.
3. Add some glue to a plate or bowl with a paintbrush. If the glue is too thick to paint on, add a bit of water to make it runny like paper mache glue.
4. Place tissue paper squares around on the popsicle, creating patterns, “flavors”, or abstract work
5. Continue until the whole popsicle shape is covered – don’t worry about going outside of the lines.
6. Let dry completely.
7. When it is dry, cut out the popsicle and glue a popsicle stick to the back.

 

S.T.E.A.M– focusing on the A for Art, E for Engineering, and M for Math
Art: Arranging tissue paper
Engineering: Cutting popsicle shape and gluing popsicle stick
Math: Count how many pieces of tissue paper used

 

For more summer fun, check out our Summer Series Programs available: http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/home/summer-series-2020