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My Family Favorites

My Family Favorites

Family time is precious, and what better way to spend it than by engaging in fun and educational STEM activities? Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities not only provide entertainment but also foster learning and critical thinking. In this blog post, we'll explore some family favorite STEM activities that are sure to inspire curiosity and creativity in kids and adults alike.

1. Build a Solar Oven:

Let's start with a hands-on engineering project. My kiddos LOVE to help with the baking and cooking in our house! This was the perfect project for them! Building a solar oven is an exciting way to learn about renewable energy while enjoying delicious treats. All you need are some simple materials like cardboard, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and tape. Create your oven, place it in the sun, and watch as it cooks food using the power of the sun. It's not only educational but also a great way to bond over a homemade meal.


2. Nature Scavenger Hunt:

Sometimes it can be a struggle to get your kiddos to turn the screens off, I personally share this struggle because my son loves his Nintendo Switch! This scavenger hunt is a great way to motivate your kiddos to get off the screens and get outside for a while! Create a list of items or phenomena to find, such as different types of leaves, animal tracks, or specific constellations in the night sky. This activity encourages observation, critical thinking, and an appreciation for the natural world. Plus, it's a fantastic way to bond with nature.


3. LEGO Robotics:

Just saying the word “LEGOS” in our house causes excitement! This one was a no brainer when you want to splurge a little for some fun family time! Unleash your inner engineer and programmer by diving into LEGO Robotics. Kits like LEGO Mindstorms allow you to build and program robots. Working together as a family to design, build, and code your robots not only teaches technology and engineering but also teamwork and problem-solving.


4. Kitchen Chemistry:

As I mentioned above, my kiddos enjoy being helpers in the kitchen! I absolutely love quick and easy experiments that allow my kiddos to feel as independent as they can. Especially love the ones that require basic materials that you probably already have stocked in your kitchen! So, lets transform your kitchen into a science lab with easy-to follow chemistry experiments. Explore concepts like density, acids and bases, or chemical reactions by creating volcanoes with baking soda and vinegar, making invisible ink, or growing crystals. These hands-on experiments make science accessible and exciting for all ages.


5. Math Board Games:

Game night anyone?! This is a great way to combine math and family game night with math-themed board games like "Math Candy Land" or "Math Bingo." These games reinforce mathematical concepts like strategy, probability, and arithmetic while providing hours of entertainment.


6. Coding Challenges:

While we try to keep our kiddos off the screens, let’s be real, sometimes us mamas or dads need time to get stuff done! Plus, not all screen time is bad if you use the right resources and limit the time! Introduce your family to the world of coding through fun challenges. Websites and apps like Scratch, Tynker, or offer interactive platforms where kids and adults can learn programming basics through creative projects and games. Compete with each other to see who can create the most impressive program!

Incorporating STEM activities into your family's routine not only fosters a love for learning but also strengthens bonds through shared experiences. From building solar ovens to exploring nature, engaging in robotics, and experimenting with chemistry, there are countless ways to make STEM a family favorite. So, gather your loved ones, dive into the world of science, technology, engineering, and math, and embark on an exciting journey of discovery together.

Start your STEM adventure today, and watch your family's curiosity and creativity


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