40 Summer STEAM and Science Activities for Kids

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Summer is here! And if you are like us and you can’t wait to get outside and hang out there all day, I have a great list of easy and engaging STEAM or science activities your kids will love!! Summer is the perfect time to do science activities with my kids. We can get messy and use inexpensive items like pool noodles, water or baking soda to create super exciting science experiments that will wow as well as educate! If you are looking for fun and easy STEAM ideas for summer you have come to the right place!

Summer STEM Activities

As the school year comes to a close and summer break approaches, it’s the perfect time to engage your children in fun and educational activities. Why not dive into the exciting world of science and STEM experiments? These hands-on projects offer an excellent opportunity for kids to explore, discover, and ignite their curiosity while having a blast. In this blog post, we will introduce a collection of easy science and STEM experiments that you can try with your children over the summer. Get ready for a summer full of learning, creativity, and scientific wonder!


Benefits of STEM in the Summer

Science and STEM experiments are not only a fantastic way to keep kids entertained during the summer but also provide a multitude of benefits. These activities encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and a deeper understanding of the world around us. They allow children to explore various scientific concepts while honing their observation and experimentation skills. From chemistry to physics, biology to engineering, there are experiments to suit every interest and age group. So, gather your young scientists and prepare for an exciting summer filled with exploration and discovery!

In this blog post, we will present a handpicked selection of easy science and STEM experiments that are perfect for young learners. From simple chemical reactions to building structures and exploring the wonders of nature, these experiments require minimal materials and can be done with everyday household items. We will cover experiments such as creating homemade lava lamps, constructing catapults, exploring buoyancy with DIY boats, and even experimenting with the power of static electricity. Each experiment will be accompanied by clear instructions and explanations, making them accessible to children and their curious minds.

Not only do these experiments provide endless entertainment, but they also foster a love for learning and promote STEM skills that are increasingly valuable in our technology-driven world. By engaging in hands-on experiments, children develop a deeper understanding of scientific principles and build a foundation for future learning. These activities encourage creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving, all while allowing kids to have fun and discover their passion for STEM. So, get ready to roll up your sleeves, put on your lab coats (or aprons!), and embark on a summer full of science and STEM exploration with your little ones.

Amazing Summer Science Activities

  1. Pool Noodle Marble Run
  2. Sand Slime
  3. Fizzy Sun Sensory Bin
  4. Frozen LEGO Excavation
  1. How To Make Colour Changing Lemonade
  2. How to Make A Spinning Paper Helicopter
  3. Pool Noodle Water Wall
  4. Ice Rocks
  1. Awesome Fizzy Ice Cream Shop Sensory Bin
  2. Rainbow Pouring Station Sensory Bin for Kids
  3. Ice Kitchen Water Table: Summer Sensory Bin
  4. Fizzy Paint
  1. Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment
  2. Frozen Pom Poms
  3. Homemade Ice Cream Experiment
  4. Tie-Dye Flower Pot Summer STEAM Craft for Kids
  1. Cloud Jars
  2. Epic Bottle Rocket, Frugal Fun 4 Boy
  3. Leak Proof Bag Science Experiment, Fun Learning for Kids
  4. DIY Solar Oven, Little Bin for Little Hands
  1. Ice Volcanoes, Reading Confetti
  2. Aluminum Foil River
  3. Dancing Water Beads
  4. How to Make Lightening, Learn. Play. Imagine.
  1. DIY Water Wall
  2. DIY Lava Lamp: Easy STEAM Activity for Kids
  3. Eggshell Caterpillar Garden: STEAM Craft for Kids
  4. Super STEAM Activity Book
  1. Fizzy Jungle
  2. Cardboard Marble Run Craft for Kids
  3. How to Make a Bug Hotel Craft: Fun Craft for Kids
  4. How to Make A DIY Kaleidoscope
  1. Fizzy Flowers
  2. How to Make A Pinwheel
  3. Bubble Snake
  4. How to Make Oobleck for Kids
  1. Aluminum Foil Boats
  2. How to Make Stick Rafts that Float
  3. Easy Catapult Craft
  4. Frozen Flowers

Summer is the perfect time to engage children in educational and captivating activities that promote learning and exploration. Easy science and STEM experiments provide an excellent opportunity for kids to dive into the fascinating world of science while having fun. In this blog post, we will guide you through a selection of experiments that are perfect for young learners. These experiments will not only entertain your children but also ignite their curiosity and foster a love for STEM. So, get ready to embark on an adventure of scientific discovery this summer!

Age Suitability For Summer Science Activities

This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 4, 4, and 8 year old.

Mess Level

This is a mess level varies.

Difficulty to Create Summer Science Activities


Skills Developed in Summer Science Activities

Sensory play, language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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