My oldest child (age 10) is obsessed with STEM activities. He has mentioned that he would LOVE to become a NASA engineer one day and I don’t doubt that he could do just that. I try to encourage his interests by providing STEM activities, books, games, and websites that would peak his curiosity and imagination. I have put together a list of STEM resources that we love and you will enjoy as well.
What Qualifies as STEM?
STEM is made up of any project, resource, lesson, or activity that centers around Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math. STEM usually involves hands-on, real-world, interactive & engaging work.
STEM Activities, Books, Games, and Websites For Kids
Engaging STEM Activities
Homemade Slime– This messy STEM activity is a favorite for kids of all ages!
Seed Jar Science– This is a great activity to show your kiddos the stages of plant life!
Interactive STEM Books
Anna, Kid Engineer– This book is our new favorite!! It is about a girl named Anna who is nervous about the annual science fair because her projects never turn out like the others kids’ work. As she tinkers & builds her project for the fair, she discovers that she is a kid engineer!
This is not a Math Book -Art is added into this book for a STEAM approach to Mathematics.
This is Not a Science Book– This book also adds art to show how science and art are related.
Ada Twist, Scientist– This is a book about a girl named Ada who is imaginative & curious. She seeks answers to her questions through science and isn’t afraid of failure.
Rosie Revere, Engineer– Read about a young girl who loves to invent interesting gizmos & gadgets. She learns that, even when her contraptions don’t work, she isn’t a failure unless she stops trying.
Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers– Use this project book with the Rosie Rever, Engineer story book!
Ada Twist’s Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists– This is the companion project book to Ada Twist, Scientist
All of the books in the “Academy” series are amazing! We own a few of these (Engineering, Scientists, and Vet) that we use in our homeschool. We also take relevant ones with us when we run errands…for example–> When we took our cat to the vet, we took the Vet Academy book for the kids to look at while we waited. These books provide interactive learning about real-life subjects & careers and we.love.them!
STEM Games & Toys
SmartLab Toys Smart Circuits Games & Gadgets Electronics Lab– My son received a set of snap circuits from his grandparents and he will play with them for hours on end!
ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run– Marble Runs are a favorite for my kids. They love seeing all of the different combinations that they can create for their marbles.
ROCK ON! Geology Game– Help your kids learn to LOVE Geology by studying rocks & minerals with this game!
Little Bins for Little Hands– Most of the projects linked in this post can be found here. This site is jam packed full of amazing STEM resources!
Ask Dr. Universe– You can find answers to all kinds of STEM questions when you ask Dr. Universe!
BrainPOP– Play games & complete STEM related challenges with BrainPOP
NASA Kids’ Club– Play space games and learn all about NASA
NASA Space Place– Find more engaging space-related games here!
Scratch Coding– Learn how to code & program using the FREE Scratch program.
Funology– STEM crafts, projects, experiments and more
Kids Do Ecology– Explore Ecology through games, activities, and lessons
Weather Wiz Kids– Learn all about meteorology with Weather Wiz Kids!
Other FREE STEM Resources
Download this printable game for FREE in the Member Freebie Library! Cut on the dotted lines and let your child match the number to the correct farm-themed image.
Download & print this Science Journal Page for FREE in the Member Resource Library and print as many copies as you need. Use it for all of your kiddos science experiments to record their hypothesis, results, questions, and notes.