S.T.E.A.M. Activities

 

 

 

 

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