One of the things that we like to do here at the library is create lists. We know things are crazy right now with all that is happening in our world and it is our hope that we can provide you some valuable resources while we are online. We’ve been surfing around the Internet lately gathering some ideas that we are going to be featuring on the blog . And we also like to share other blogs that might be further resources of information.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the term STEAM that is batted about in educational circles today – it refers to activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. We have gathered 5 activities that you can do at home (one from each area) to promote learning in these areas. These activities are short and don’t require a lot of supplies. These activities can also be done just for fun and not really having a “school” purpose in mind. For further activities, just Google “STEAM activities for your middle school child” or “STEAM activities for your middle schooler.”
This activity is sure to provide loads of fun for your child. You definitely want to do this one outside. The folks over at the The STEM Powered Family provide the directions on this great activity showing your child how chemical reactions work and what can potentially happen.
This particular idea comes to us from the blog Research Parent. The idea is to teach the basics of coding and this post shares a variety of skills that you can easily replicate with simple supplies at home. The bloggers even provide free printables and variety of mazes that your child can do. It’s a great fun and a good way to get some learning in with materials that you may already have lying around the house.
Can your child build a bridge that can hold 100 pennies for 20 seconds? That is the idea behind this activity provided over at the Adventures in Mommydom blog. This blog is brought to by a former elementary teacher who homeschools her children. This activity is done with simple materials.
This one is super easy and the results are super cool. We all have old magazines or catalogs lying around the house that can be used for this project from Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom. It requires minimal supplies and the your child will probably come up with some really creative ideas. You might even try this one with old comic books and see what happens.
One of the most simple things that kids enjoying doing is creating their own paper airplanes. But you can take this activity to the next level and teach the concepts of graphic with this fun activity. This one comes from the blog Our Journey Westward and the instructions can be found here.