STEM ACTIVITIES

School may be out for summer, but your child can still enjoy activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at home!

Below, you will find a wide variety of fun and engaging STEM activities.

DINOSAURS

Click on the underlined text below for the link to each activity.

 

CRAFTS:

SNACKS: 

GAMES:

AND MORE:

LET'S FLY!

AMELIA EARHART:

This month is the anniversary of her flying a plane across the Atlantic Ocean - the first female pilot to do this! She was a pioneer!

  • Read “How this pilot changed how high people thought women could fly” by Nat Geo Kids: Click HERE 

  • Check out this graphic comic timeline to learn more about “Amelia Earhart” by Nat Geo Kids: Click HERE

WRIGHT BROTHERS: 

These two American brothers are one of the first to invent, build, and fly the world’s first successful motor-operated airplane.

  • Watch this fun, short video on “The Wright Brothers and the Airplane” by Netflix Jr.: Click HERE

BIRDS:

  • Watch “Find out how birds fly” by Nat Geo Kids: Click HERE

PAPER AIRPLANE CHALLENGE:

Check out these instructional videos:

  • “Easiest paper airplane for kids” by Tammi Craft: Click HERE 

  • "How to make a paper airplane" by SciShow Kids: Click HERE

  • "Easy paper airplane for kids” by Tri Dang: Click HERE

  • "Paper planes that fly far" by Mahir Cave: Click HERE

HEALTH & HUMAN BODY

Click on the underlined text below for the link to each activity.

1. Make a blood model – Who would have thought cheerios can make good looking red blood cells? They also used marshmallows to represent white blood cells which I thought was a great idea. 

2. Create a candy spinal cord – Spinal cords can be edible right? well.. not really, but in science class it can be. When you put children and candy in one room, you know what happens. This activity is definitely an attention grabber. 

3. Build a model of the kidneys and bladder – You can definitely make use of a clothing rack with this project. If you have a large class, I would think it would be a good idea for the teacher to create it and then use it as a model for the students.  

4. Red blood cell membrane experiment – This experiment illustrated the concept of osmosis in a fun and unique way!

5. Make model lungs – You probably have all of the materials to make this model. 

6. Build a robotic hand – I remember building these hands when I was younger and It was one of my favorite activities! This will be a big hit and it does not require much material. 

7. Create an edible cell – Learning about cells? How about using candy to represent the different cell organelles?

8. Working heart experiment – You will need icing and marshmallows for this one. I just love edible things! Learning and eating goes hand in hand. 

9. Outdoor stem activity – how long are your small intestines? The small intestines are super long and many people don’t realize it because of how it can be able to fit in the human body. You will need a garden hose, a ruler, and a tape measure for this activity but it definitely is a clever experiment when dealing with the digestive system. 

10. How bile breaks down fat experiment – This is a great and simple experiment that will help demonstrate a part of the digestive system. 

11. Create a model of the digestive system – This is one of my favorite models of the digestive system. They used many things you can find at home and put them together to create the model and show the process. 

12. Stomach digestion experiment – You will need a lemon for this simple and fast experiment. This experiment was from Sid the Science Kid and nurturing learning demonstrated the process on their site. 

13. Stomach acid experiment – If you have fruit and lemon juice close by, this experiment can be a quick way to demonstrate stomach acid and how it breaks down food in your stomach. 

14. Make a model of the respiratory system – Combine science and art with this cute activity!

15. Organ Cage Activity – If you scroll down after clicking the link to be directed to the page on our time to learn blog, you will find directions on how they created it. it is a great activity to try in class because it only needs paper, colors, tape, and scissors. 

16. Create a human arm model 

17. Make a Popsicle stick arm – Each person can make this stick arm that doesn’t take up too much space because you will be dealing with small materials such as rubber bands and Popsicle sticks.

18. Edible skin layers cake – This is a yummy and creative project when learning about the Integumentary system. The kids will definitely love this one! 

19. Why I have bones (play dough activity) – A Pinch of Perfect

20. Fingerprint Science – KC "Edventures"

21.Make your own stethoscope – Science Sparks

22.Human heart demonstration – Kids Activities Blog

23. Scholastic Video: The Human Body - 14 StudyJams! Interactive Science Activities: Click HERE

FUN WITH PETS

EXPERIMENTS:

  • Dog Science Unleashed (by Nat Geo Kids): Find out if your “best friend” is a righty or lefty? What’s their favorite smell?: Click HERE

 

  • Cat Science (by Nat Geo Kids): Find out how fast your cat learns!: Click HERE

  • Which food does my pet like best? (By Frugal Fun for boys and girls): Find out with this science experiment!: Click HERE

FACTS:

  • Fun Guinea Pig Facts for Kids (by Science Kids): Check out our range of fun guinea pig facts for kids. Learn about the noises they make, what they eat, where they originated from and much more: Click HERE

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NO PETS?

  • Which Pet to Choose? (by Nat Geo Kids): Find the perfect fit!: Click HERE

  • Your Pet Personality - Quiz (by Nato Geo Kids): Is your personality more like a dog? A fish? A hermit crab? Find out what kind of pet you would be if you suddenly became an animal!: Click HERE

WATER FUN

EXPERIMENTS:

  • Oil & Water: Click HERE

  • Escaping Water: Click HERE

  • Ice Cube Magic: Click HERE

  • Gravity-Free Water: Click HERE

FACTS:

  • Water Facts: Click HERE

  • Ocean Facts: Click HERE

QUIZ:

  • Take a water quiz and learn more about this vital resource: Click HERE

 

GAMES:

  • ​Human Body Health and Growth Game: Click HERE

 

  • Solid, Liquid, Gas Game: Click HERE

 

  • Water Word Scrambles: Click HERE

 

  • Dissolve Game: Click HERE

  • How Plants Grow Game: Click HERE

THINGS TO MAKE:

  • Making Bubbles: Click HERE

 

  • Homemade lava Lamp: Click HERE

 

  • Skittles in Water: Click HERE

 

VIDEOS:

  • Big Waves: Click HERE

 

  • Monsoon Rain: Click HERE

 

  • Earth’s Oceans: Click HERE

ENGINEER CHALLENGE

This week for STEM Thursday, we're challenging our Henry students to re-create a structure or building using materials/food found at home?
 

Parents, if you would like to share your child's creativity, post a photo of their structure on Instagram and tag @patrickhenryPTA, @patrickhenryfoundation, #HenryEngineer. We'll share it with our Henry community in our IG Stories. 

HANDS-ON SCIENCE

  • OUTDOOR HANDS-ON FUN WITH NATURE

Bug Hunting: Click HERE

Nature Rock Art: Click HERE

  • HANDS-ON THINGS TO MAKE

Homemade Play dough Recipe: Click HERE

Calm Down Jar Experiment: Click HERE

 

Make a Stress Ball: Click HERE

 

Making paper airplanes: Click HERE

 

Draw on Water: Click HERE

 

3 Ingredient Slime Recipe: Click HERE

  • BUILD

Pencil Catapult: Click HERE

 

Index Card Tower: Click HERE

 

Paperclip Float Experiment: Click HERE

 

  • LET’S EAT!

Edible Science Soil Layers Activity: Click HERE

 

Fibonacci Lemonade: Click HERE

 

Gum Drop Bridge: Click HERE

 

Kitchen Science: Pancakes: Click HERE

 

Homemade Ice Cream: Click HERE

EARTH DAY

  • VIDEO: 

    • Garbology (from PBS LearningMedia): This DragonflyTV segment follows two boys as they investigate how reducing, reusing, and recycling helps the environment. They discover how much recyclable material is thrown out as trash every day. Also available in Spanish: Click HERE

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  • ACTIVITIES:

    • Funny Fill-in, "Mad Libs-style" (from Nat Geo Green): How do you celebrate Earth Day? Fill in the blanks to create your own silly story: Click HERE

    • Reuse Toilet Paper Roll: Seed Starters (from The Huntington): Cardboard toilet paper rolls make perfect biodegradable seed planters for starting delicate sprouts indoors. It's fun, simple, and green! Follow the steps to start your own garden: Click HERE

    • Reuse Toilet Paper/Paper Towel Roll: Make a Marble Run (from Little Bins for Little Hands): How will you start your cardboard tube marble run?  You have to think about the angles and plan ahead!  Where do you want the marble run to finish?: Click HERE

    • Reuse Egg Carton: Mini Volcanoes (from Fun Littles): Make colorful mini eruptions: Click HERE

    • Have a Spare Egg? How to Make a Rubber Egg (from Babble Dabble Do): Your kids will be amazed at what happens to an eggshell after sitting in an acid like vinegar: CLICK HERE

INSECTS

  • VIDEOS: 

    • Insects: Educational Videos for Kids: Click HERE 

    • Awesome Animals National Geographic Kids: Antzilla, Explore up close and personal ant’s biology and their behavior: Click HERE

  • READ ALOUDS: 

    • ​The Very Quiet Cricket story by Eric Carle: Click HERE

    • Head and Tails Read Aloud by John Canty: Click HERE

    • Bug Hunt Read Aloud by Tom Story: Click HERE

  • ACTIVITIES:

    • Insect Scavenger Hunt: Click HERE

    • Invent an Insect Lesson: Click HERE

    • Insect Jokes: Click HERE

    • Insect Coloring Pages: Click HERE

  • TASTY TREATS:

    • Edible Ladybug Recipe: Click HERE

    • Worms in Dirt Recipe: Click HERE

KELP & SEA CRITTERS

  • VIDEO: Kelp Forest - Nature Boom Time (by Nat Geo Kids, YouTube): Click HERE In this episode of “Nature Boom Time,” Charlie and his team take their cameras underwater to explore a kelp forest in California. Swim with them to find out how animals and kelp live together in this underwater ecosystem.

  • ACTIVITY: Make an easy, nutritious, yummy salad! Seaweed Salad Recipe (by California Academy of Sciences): Click HERE

  • FACTS: "12 things to know about beautiful kelp” (by Mary Jo Dilonardo via Mother Nature Network): Click HERE

  • CRAFT: Paper Bag Sea Otter Craft for Kids (by bugandbuddy.com): Click HERE

  • CRAFT: 10 Seahorse crafts for kids (by https://www.craftsonsea.co.uk): Click HERE

  • LIVE: Sea Jellies from Long Beach Aquarium: Click HERE

SHARKS

  • Learn about Sharks (youtube video): Click HERE

  • How much do you know about Sharks?  Here is a fun dinner talk to have with your kids to see how much you actually know: Click HERE

  • A fun experiment to do at home to learn about why sharks don’t sink: Click HERE

  • Shark Arts and Crafts: Click HERE

  • Shark printable (facts, drawings, and more): Click HERE

  • Shark coloring pages: Click HERE

  • LIVE Shark Lagoon Webcam from Long Beach Aquarium: Click HERE

 

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