You've probably heard the term STEM tossed around. If you're not familiar, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. There's also STEAM, which includes art in the mix.We're fans of both models—and we bet you and your kids will be, too. To get everyone excited and inspired, we've gathered some of our favorite STEAM activities here. The best part? You and your kids will have a blast (well, not literally!) completing them—and you'll all learn a thing or two along the way.
1. Balancing Act
Challenge your kids to balance a stack of books on a single piece of paper. They'll learn about structural strength.
2. Math in Action
Do you have an old Twister mat? Give it a new workout by turning it into a math learning game.
3. Superstar Astronomer
If your memory of constellations begins with the Big Dipper and ends with the Little Dipper, make this star viewer to brighten your astronomy knowledge.
4. Egg-cellent Experiment
This egg-cellent experiment, which teaches kids about creating vacuums, doesn't end with a bang, but something just as cool! (I don't want to spoil it for you.)
5. Weather Wonder
Is it a rainy day? Make it rain inside, too, with this weather experiment.
6. Sew Shapes
Looking for more fun STEAM ideas? Your kids can explore the principles with these three additional activities—all of which can be made with objects you probably have at home already—from the Ford STEAM Experience.