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Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids

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Kindergarteners love to build and stack, but did you know that building is the basis for engineering activities? With just a little extra preparation and intent, Kindergarten play can be transformed into awesome engineering activities for kids ! Students will love these hands-on engineering activities and teachers will love how educational playtime can be!

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Keep students engaged and check out this must-try collection of hands-on, educational, and FUN engineering activities for kids!

Engineering Activities for Kids

Engineering is the ability to apply scientific knowledge to solve real world problems. It is the practical application of more abstract sciences like chemistry and physics .

Kids can use engineering to solve a variety of problems, from figuring out how to stack towers without them falling, to determining the best tool to use for a project. Even the youngest kids can use engineering for hands-on, educational fun inside and outside the classroom.

Try these engineering activities to help kids develop the very basics of engineering skills. Kindergartners will learn how to support weight, determine spatial awareness, select the right material for the job, create a design , and a whole lot more!

Kids will have a blast with this awesome Travel Engineering Kit ! / Lemon Lime Adventures

Grab some easy supplies and make these awesome Jellybean Structures . / The Stem Laboratory

Use paper to figure out Which Shape is the Strongest .  / Creekside Learning

Have a blast with mini light boxes and a Wooden Train Roller Coaster . / Play Trains

Your class will love to Build a Tower from Cups and Craft Sticks . / Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

Give this Spaghetti Engineering Strength Test  a try. / Schooling a Monkey

Try your hand at Building a LEGO Bridge . / Science Sparks

Why not Make Your Own Triangle Building Blocks ? / Babble Dabble Do

Design a Spiderweb  any time of year with these fun materials! / Rainy Day Mum

You will love to Design and Play with a DIY Geoboard  in the classroom. / Crayon Box Chronicles

Use simple supplies and Build a Bridge from Craft Sticks . / Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

How fun would it be to Make a Maze for Hex Bugs ? / Buggy and Buddy

These experiments will teach kids how to support weight, determine spatial awareness, select the right material for the job, create a design, and more.

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50+ Awesome Engineering Projects for Kids

Wow! I’m a huge fan of the best engineering projects for kids and want to be sure you have some great STEAM ideas on hand. This list is sure to get those creative juices flowing! Use this set of  28 Days of STEM Activities and STEAM Activities for Kids posts to excite the kids all year long. Learn using STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, & math) concepts while you explore forces of motion, chemistry, sound, and so much more! Plus, we keep updating it with all the fun projects we build and find!

You're gonna love these awesome engineering projects for kids that will get them building, creating, and having fun. You'll find building activities, STEM challenges, STEAM challenges, electrical engineering projects, holiday engineering projects, and more in this massive list of more than 50 ideas.

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Do your kids love engineering projects as much as my kid does? The great thing about this set of fun engineering projects is that there are so many great activities for preschoolers! Start them young with a STEM project or science experiment on their developmental level.

Building Activities for Kids

What kid doesn’t love to build? This list of activities for kids is sure to entertain your creative kids! Start with a super-fun one like these:

  • How to Build a Balloon Car || Left Brain Craft Brain  – This project is a classic and we’ve made it easy for you with a helpful video!

How to Build a Balloon Car with toilet paper roll, cardboard, paper straws, and a balloon

  • How to Build DIY Stomp Rockets || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Kids LOVE stomp rockets. They’re really fun and have tons of hidden learning inside.

How to build DIY stomp rockets with PVC pipe, 2L bottles, paper, and tape

  • Goldfish crackers STEAM Activity Snacks   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Who doesn’t love goldfish? Make a snack pulley for them!
  • STEAM Engineering for Kids: Making a Bubble Blower Machine || Teach Beside Me  – Oh wow! This is an awesome idea for summer!
  • Make a Box Lid Maze for Awesome STEAM Fun || One Time Through  – You materials from your recycle bin for a DIY maze building activity.
  • How to Build a Tonoscope || Left Brain Craft Brain – Get ready to see sound with this really fun sound science experiment. You’ll build a tonoscope, a device that helps you see sound vibrations.

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  • Hexbug Habitat Engineering Challenge || Inspiration Laboratories  – This is perfect for your kids that LOVE hexbugs.
  • Rubber Band Car DIY || Figment Creative Labs  – Your creative kids are going to LOVE building their own moving car.

Super fun building activities and ideas that the kids will love.

  • DIY Recycled Suspension Bridge   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Dig into your recycle bin for this DIY bridge.
  • Awesome DIY Stethoscope for Kids   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – The kids are going to love making their own doctor toys!
  • Build a DaVinci Bridge with Pencils || iGameMom – DaVinci bridges are amazing structures! You have to try this one.
  • Make Your Own Dollhouse Building Block Set || Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls – Boys and girls will love the building rooms and living spaces for their dolls!
  • DIY PVC Tape Dispenser   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – You’re going to need one of these tape dispensers for all your Camp STEAM projects!

Super fun building activities and ideas that the kids will love.

Engineering Projects for Kids That Move

There’s nothing more exciting than action-packed projects with things that fly, roll, and twirl. Check out this list!

  • Paper Bird Flyer || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Explore what helps both birds and airplanes take flight with this fun and budget-friendly project.

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  • Chemical Reaction Car || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Try out both mechanical and chemical engineering with this fun build!
  • TP Roll Catapult || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Even little builders can explore cause and effect with this project.
  • Pom Pom Shooters || Left Brain Craft Brain  – FUN! Enough said.
  • DIY Seismograph || Left Brain Craft Brain – Measure how the Earth moves with this simple and fun build.

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  • Whirly Twirly Flying Birds || Left Brain Craft Brain  – More ways to explore how birds get some serious air.
  • Weather Science: Paper Cup Anemometer || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Explore wind and weather through this build that uses easy to get supplies.

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Why Building for Kids?

Kids are natural, born architects! They love to explore the world around them and the cool forces of nature like gravity.

  • Invitation to Build: Elsa’s Ice Palace   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Elsa needs your help building her ice palace!
  • 100 Invitations to Build   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Need a little creative help for after school? Grab this printable!
  • Bridge Building STEM Challenge with Craft Sticks and Wooden Cubes || Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls – You have everything you need for this simple building challenge in your playroom!
  • Buildable Rock Slime   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – You’re going to LOVE this fun slime recipe!
  • How to Make a Windmill Model with a Printable Pattern || Adventure in a Box  – Print your own windmill!

Super fun building activities and ideas that the kids will love.

Engineering Challenges, STEM Challenges, and STEAM Challenges

What are engineering challenges? They’re projects that give kids a specific goal, but not the process to get there, so there’s lots of creativity thrown in the midst.

  • Bird Beak Tool Challenge || Left Brain Craft Brain – Learn how animals adapt to their environment with a fun tool engineering challenge.

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  • How to Teach Preschoolers to Think Like an Engineer in 3 Easy Steps || Preschool STEAM  – Not sure where to start with your preschoolers?
  • STEAM Challenge: Building a structure you can balance on your finger (or your nose) || Gift of Curiosity  – Try this STEAM challenge with your preschoolers!
  • Storytime LEGO Building Challenge || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Make your own storytime challenge with this great STEAM activity!
  • LEGO Math Printable Challenge Cards || Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls  – If you have LEGO lovers at home, grab these printable challenge cards for your next STEM activity.
  • Gears Building Challenge Cards   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – This is a really awesome fun activity to add to your after-school entertainment!

Engineering challenges, STEM challenges, and STEAM challenges

  • Summer STEAM Challenges for Kids   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Summer is right around the corner! Don’t run out of engineering projects for kids!
  • Mechanical Engineering and Math STEM Challenge || STEAM Powered Family – Math practice has never been so fun!
  • Star Wars STEAM Challenges || Left Brain Craft Brain – Your superfans will love these creative challenges like building a Mos Eisley cityscape.
  • Build a Snack Mix Machine   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – This is a great incentive for an after-school snack!
  • Build a Cardboard Box Ball Track   || Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls  – Such a creative idea!

Engineering challenges, STEM challenges, and STEAM challenges

Challenging Engineering for Kids

Spark their brains with these fun activities!

  • Insect Habitat Building Challenge || Left Brain Craft Brain – These paper triaramas are a budget-friendly activity that helps kids learn about what animals need in their environment.

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  • Superhero STEM Activities for Kids   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Do you have a little superhero at home? They need this!
  • Paper Building Blocks || Babble Dabble Do – Behold the power of paper as an engaging (and cheap!) building activity.
  • Ice STEM Engineering Challenge   || STEAM Powered Family – An inviting and colorful way to build any time of the year.
  • Star Wars STEM Learning Activities for Kids   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Can you build a droid or an x-wing fighter? Find out how in this awesome list of Star Wars projects.

Engineering challenges, STEM challenges, and STEAM challenges

Need even more STEM challenges? Try these  15 STEM Challenges for Kids!

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Electrical Engineering Projects for Kids

Kids are going to LOVE exploring old computers and creating their own bots with this awesome list of engineering projects for kids!

  • Paper Circuit Cards || Left Brain Craft Brain – Start off their electrical engineering journey with one of these paper circuit cards.
  • Build a Circuit Flower || STEAM Powered Family – This is perfect for Mother’s Day!
  • Minion Brush Bot || Left Brain Craft Brain – Have a little Minion fan at home? Make your own Minion bot in just a couple of minutes!
  • How to Make an Electromagnet || Left Brain Craft Brain – Explore the powerful engineering of electromagnets in this fun and easy electricity project. Plus, learn why electromagnets are important in our race to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

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  • Code a City || Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls  – Make your bot travel around a DIY city map!
  • Upcycled Toy Car Marker Bots   || Left Brain Craft Brain – Save those old toy cards for your next marker bot.

Electrical engineering projects like circuits, coding, and more.

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  • Binary Code Bracelet that is Out of This World  || JDaniel4’s Mom  – Who knew the binary code could be so fashionable!
  • Tiny Dancers (A Homopolar Motor) || Babble Dabble Do – This is one of my all-time favorite engineering projects.
  • Computer Destruction || Left Brain Craft Brain – Don’t throw out that old computer. Instead, us it to explore!
  • Simple Circuit Science Project || What Do We Do All Day? – It can’t get much easier! You probably have all the materials you need already.

Electrical engineering projects like circuits, coding, and more.

  • Solar-Powered Paper House Project   || Left Brain Craft Brain – Explore alternative energy with this model of a real-life build.

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  • Coding and Electrical Circuits for Kids   || STEAM Powered Family – This is a great one to add to your engineering projects for kids!
  • 8 Ways to Play with an Old Keyboard || Left Brain Craft Brain – Let your preschooler explore and learn with your old keyboard.
  • How to Build a Simple Electromagnetic Train || Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls  – Your kids are going to love making their own simple train move!
  • Fruit Stand Circuits || Left Brain Craft Brain – Your favorite fruit has an electrical charge!

Electrical engineering projects like circuits, coding, and more.

Holiday Engineering for Kids

Plan to add these to your holiday celebration fun! There’s something for Christmas and Halloween and Valentine’s Day. And stay tuned, I’ll be making some more lists of holiday engineering projects!

Festive holiday engineering projects for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Halloween.

Christmas Engineering Projects

  • Giant Paper Stars || Babble Dabble Do – Do a little paper engineering with these gorgeous, and huge!, paper stars.
  • LEGO Santa Sleigh STEM Building Challenge   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Your kids are going to love helping Santa with his sleigh this year!
  • Gumdrop Trees || Left Brain Craft Brain – This classic project is always a winner!
  • Invitation to Build: Tinkering Trees   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Christmas is more fun with a simple invitation to build.

Valentine Engineering Projects

  • Geometric Art – Valentine STEM || Teach Beside Me – Can you build a heart out of straws?
  • Valentine’s Day STEAM Challenges for Kids   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – Lots of love went into the making of these fun Valentine’s Day challenge cards!
  • The Love Boat STEAM Engineering Challenge for Kids || The Preschool Toolbox  – Such a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your STEAM kids!

Halloween Engineering Projects

  • 31 Days of Halloween STEAM Challenges for Kids   || Left Brain Craft Brain  – It’s never too early to have a plan for Halloween!
  • Halloween Engineering Projects for Kids   || Left Brain Craft Brain  –  There are so many fun ways to keep kids learning this Fall!
  • Pumpkin Brush Bots || Left Brain Craft Brain –  These silly pumpkin bots are a great classroom project for Halloween!

Even More! Fun Engineering Projects for Kids

For those days when a big project is just a little too much, pull out this 100 Invitations to Build list , grab a basket of unique building supplies like curlers or ice cubes, and let the kids drive the creation! Fill out the form below to have the list emailed to you!

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Looking for some more STEAM inspiration that you can use right now? Instant gratification style? Check out STEAM Explorers!! The coolest creative experience for kids is here! It's a digital book of the month club filled with tons of fun stuff for the kids to do and learn. All engineer, teacher, and mom-approved. And most definitely KID APPROVED!⁣

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  • A monthly digital magazine with cool themes that are fun to read
  • Hands-on, exciting projects the kids will love.⁣
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  • Delicious recipes the kids can make.⁣
  • Fun printables and games⁣

There’s no greater exploration than space! Learn about the universe around us in May with hands-on activities that inspire the kids to dream big. The kids will love building an orbiting Earth, crafting some felted planets, eating Earth toast, making the sky light up in a card, and so much more! You'll love the helpful standards-based learning, printables, and tools that make STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, & math) exploration easy!

We’ve split the STEAM Explorers Space issue into four weekly themes:

  • This issue has four weekly themes to inspire your kiddos:
  • WEEK 1: EARTH & MOON
  • WEEK 2: SPACE TRAVEL
  • WEEK 3: SOLAR SYSTEM
  • WEEK 4: STARRY SKIES

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These projects are part of an amazing, month-long series of hands-on STEM and STEAM projects for kids. Click on over to 28 Days of STEM Activities and STEAM Activities for Kids  for 60+ FREE science, tech, engineering, art, and math projects from 30+ education writers. All ready to get your kids excited to learn.

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Engineering Activities For Kids

Designing, tinkering, building, testing, and more! Engineering activities are fun, and these  simple engineering projects are perfect for elementary students and beyond. You can even do them at home or with small groups in the classroom. Make sure to check out all of our  STEM activities  for all year round learning and play!

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STEM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

So you might ask, what does STEM actually stand for? STEM is science, technology, engineering, and math. The most important thing you can take away from this, is that STEM is for everyone!

Yes, kids of all ages can work on STEM projects and enjoy STEM lessons. STEM activities are great for group work, too!

STEM is everywhere! Just look around. The simple fact that STEM surrounds us is why it’s so important for kids to be a part of, to use and to understand STEM.

Developing engineering skills with our list of the best building toys for kids.

From the buildings you see in town, the bridges that connect places, the computers we use, the software programs that go with them, and to the air we breathe, STEM is what makes it all possible.

Interested in STEM plus ART? Check out all our STEAM Activities!

Engineering is an important part of STEM. What is engineering in kindergarten, preschool, and first grade? Well, it’s putting together simple structures and other items and in the process learning about the science behind them. Essentially, it’s a whole lot of doing!

BE AN ENGINEER

Learn more about engineering for kids with any of these great resources below.

WHAT IS AN ENGINEER

Is a scientist an engineer? Is an engineer a scientist? It can be very confusing! Often scientists and engineers work together to solve a problem. You may find it hard to understand how they are similar and yet different. Learn more about what is an engineer .

ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS

Engineers often follow a design process. There are different design processes but each one includes the same basic steps to identify and solve problems.

An example of the process is “ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve”. This process is flexible and may be completed in any order. Learn more about the Engineering Design Process .

ENGINEERING VOCAB

Think like an engineer! Talk like an engineer! Act like an engineer! Get kids started with a vocabulary list that introduces some awesome engineering terms . Make sure to include them into your next engineering challenge or project.

ENGINEERING BOOKS FOR KIDS

Sometimes the best way to introduce STEM is through a colorfully illustrated book with characters your kids can relate to! Check out this fantastic list of engineering books that are teacher approved and get ready to spark curiosity and exploration!

Grab this FREE Engineering Challenge Calendar today!

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ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Click on the links below to see the full supplies list and instructions for how to build each project.

These fun and hands-on engineering activities below will help you teach engineering to your child, and are just plain fun to do! Read on to find out more!

Build a simple DIY anemometer like meteorologists use to measure the direction of the wind and its speed.

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AQUARIUS REEF BASE

Learn more about this remarkable underwater structure when you construct your own model from simple supplies.

ARCHIMEDES SCREW

Make your own simple machine Archimedes screw inspired by Archimedes himself. All you need are a few simple supplies for this fun project.

BALANCED MOBILE

Mobiles are free-hanging sculptures that can move in the air. Can you make a balanced mobile using our free shapes printable.

BALLOON POWERED CAR

Kids love building things that move! Find out how to make this fun balloon powered car and test out how far you can it travel.

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BOOK BINDING

What can be more fun than making your own book? Bookbinding or making books has a long history, and you can start to learn about it with a simple book-making activity for kids. Design and build your own book from simple supplies. Then fill the pages with your own creative story, comic, or essay.

BOTTLE ROCKET

Combine simple engineering and a cool chemical reaction with this fun DIY bottle rocket project!

CARDBOARD MARBLE RUN

Simple to set up, easy to do, and full of learning possibilities! Next time you find yourself holding an empty cardboard tube roll heading to the trash, save it instead! Our cardboard tube marble run is a cheap engineering project!

Grab a magnet and a needle and find out how you can make a compass that will show you which way is North.

HAND CRANK WINCH

If you are like me, then you have a big container of recycled materials and cool items you can’t bear to get rid of! That’s exactly how we built this hand crank winch simple machine.

Learn about how the hovercraft works and build your own mini hovercraft that actually hovers. Play with engineering and science with this easy STEM project idea! 

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A good breeze and a few materials are all you need to tackle this DIY Kite STEM project at home or in the classroom. Learn what makes a kite fly and why a kite needs a tail.

Use these printable worksheets to learn about famous landmarks around the world, like the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House.

LUNAR LANDER

Engineer a model of the Apollo Lunar Lander from simple supplies. The first spacecraft crewed with humans, that operated exclusively in space, and the only crewed vehicle to land anywhere beyond Earth.

MARBLE ROLLER COASTER

It is so easy to build a marble roller coaster   and it is a perfect example of a STEM activity using basic supplies. Combine design and engineering for a STEM project that will provide hours of fun and laughs! 

MARBLE RUN WALL

Use pool noodles from the dollar store to engineer your own marble run wall. Design, build and test it out!

PADDLE BOAT

Build your own mini DIY paddle boat that can move through water.

PAPER AIRPLANE LAUNCHER

Be inspired by famous aviator Amelia Earhart and design your own paper plane launcher.

PAPER EIFFEL TOWER

The Eiffel tower has to be one of the most well known structures in the world. Make your own paper Eiffel tower with only tape, newspaper and a pencil.

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PAPER HELICOPTER

Make a paper helicopter that actually flies! This is an easy   engineering challenge for young kids and older ones too. Learn about what helps helicopters rise into the air, with a few simple supplies.

PENCIL CATAPULT

Design and build a catapult from unsharpened pencils. Test far you can fling the objects! Re-design if you need to. One of our awesome STEM pencil projects !

PENNY BRIDGE

Challenge your kiddos to build the strongest bridge possible from just paper! Plus, you can extend the activity by exploring other types of common materials!

PINHOLE CAMERA

Find out how to make a pinhole camera from a cereal box, and how a DIY pinhole camera allows you to view this amazing phenomena of an eclipse safely!

Exploring how you use gravity to move water through a pipeline is a great STEM project. Play with engineering, science, and a little math too!

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PULLEY SYSTEM

If you want to lift a really heavy weight, there’s only so much force your muscles can supply. Use a simple machine like a pulley to multiply the force your body produces. You can also try this bigger homemade pulley system for outdoor play!

PVC PIPE PROJECTS

All you need are a set of PVC pipe pieces from your local hardware store for hands-on engineering projects for kids. Here are a few things you could build…

  • PVC Pipe Water Wall
  • PVC Pipe House
  • PVC Pipe Heart
  • PVC Pipe Pulley

Robot kits are awesome to play and learn with! Find out how to make a robot car at home or in the classroom for a fun engineering project for all ages. It’s easier than you think!

RUBBER BAND CAR

Can you make a car go without pushing it or adding a motor? This rubber band-powered car is an awesome engineering project. There are lots of creative rubber band car designs, but you definitely need a rubber band and a way to wind it up! Are the gears whirring away inside your head yet?

Satellites are communication devices that orbit the earth and receive and send information from the earth. All you need are a few simple supplies to make your own satellite STEM project.

No campfire needed with this engineering classic! From shoeboxes to pizza boxes, the choice of materials is up to you. Design and build a solar oven with a whole group or as a backyard boredom buster.

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STETHOSCOPE

Really easy to make and heaps of fun for kids to use!

Design a boat made from nothing but straws and tape, and see how many items it can hold before it sinks. Learn about simple physics while you test out your engineering skills.

STRONG SPAGHETTI

It’s something you eat, but is it something you can use for an engineering challenge? Absoilutely! Try this classic STEM challenge right away.

Tell the time with your own DIY sundial. For many thousands of years people would track the time with a sundial. Make your own sundial from simple supplies.

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WATER CLOCK

How did the Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Greek keep track of time? Here’s how you can make your own water clock at home or in the classroom. It makes for a fun and simple engineering activity for kids.

WATER FILTRATION

Learn about filtration and make your own water filter at home or in the classroom. All you need are a few simple supplies and some dirty water you can mix up yourself to get started.

WATER WHEEL

Water wheels are machines that use the energy of flowing water to turn a wheel and the turning wheel can then power other machines to do work. Make this super simple water wheel at home or in the classroom from paper cups and a straw.

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Traditionally windmills were used on farms to pump water or grind grain. Today’s windmills or wind turbines can use the wind’s energy to generate electricity. Make your own windmill at home or in the classroom for an easy engineering activity for kids.

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WIND TUNNEL

Inspired by inventor and scientist Mary Jackson, students can discover the power of a wind tunnel and the science behind it.

Make a simple wind vane that you can take outside to find out the direction of the wind.

TRY THIS: STEM QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

These STEM questions for reflection are perfect to use with kiddos of all ages to talk about how the project went and what they might do differently next time around.

Use these questions for reflection with your kids after they have completed the STEM challenge to encourage discussion of results and critical thinking. Older kiddos can use these questions as a writing prompt for a STEM notebook. For younger kiddos, use the questions as a fun conversation!

  • What were some of the challenges you discovered along the way?
  • What worked well and what did not work well?
  • What part of your model or prototype do you really like? Explain why.
  • What part of your model or prototype needs improvement? Explain why.
  • What other materials would you like to use if you could do this challenge again?
  • What would you do differently next time?
  • What parts of your model or prototype are similar to the real world version?

Printable STEM Activities Pack for Kids

80+ Doable Engineering Projects  in one convenient pack!

  • Full instructions with sample images
  • Activity-specific instruction sheets
  • Data Collection Sheets
  • Questions for Reflection
  • Architecture Building Cards: Try the tallest tower challenge
  • Bridge Building Cards: Explore different types of bridges to build your own.
  • Paper Chain STEM Challenge: Who can make the longest chain? Great icebreaker or quick challenge!
  • 3 Little Pigs Architectural Pack: Design a house that won’t blow away!
  • Great marshmallow challenge: A classic challenge kids love!
  • Real-world STEM challenge lesson but don’t know where to start? Our easy-to-follow template shows the steps!
  • What’s the difference between a scientist and an engineer?
  • Crossword and word search with engineering vocabulary.
  • Engineering vocabulary cards
  • Design a one-of-a-kind invention and write about it with this 5-page activity!

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Easy Engineering Projects for Kids

April 29, 2022 By Emma Vanstone 4 Comments

Here at Science Sparks we believe you’re never too young to develop a passion for science, engineering and learning and so have pulled together a collection of simple engineering projects   for kids to inspire even the youngest potential engineer .

Did you know the word ‘engine’ comes from the Latin ingenium which means clever? Engineering is all about inventing things to make life easier and better, solving problems with science and mathematics.

The world of engineering is vast and the possibilities endless with advances in nanotechnology, bioengineering, AI and other technologies. With a global climate crisis and ageing population the human race needs engineers more than ever.

Fun engineering projects for kids

Structures and stability, edible engineering challenges.

I know not everyone likes edible experiments , but if you can eat them afterwards and avoid food waste I think they are a great way to learn and often something children remember for a long time afterwards.

Edible candy house

This edible house has candy walls built with different kinds of edible ‘cement’ to stick it together. We found thick icing sugar was the best way to attach the bricks to each other.

house made from sweets for an engineering project for kids

If you don’t want to build a whole house but like the idea of an edible activity simple towers made from sweets  also work well, opening up the opportunity for discussion about choosing the best shapes for a stable structure.

These meringue towers were also great fun and a delicious dessert.

towers made from meringue and cream for an engineering challenge

Foundations and Earthquakes

If you have an earthquake topic coming up this earthquake investigation using gum drop toothpick towers with different edible foundations is a fun activity to try. Will a jelly foundation or a brownie foundation be the strongest?

Tower made from gummy sweets and toothpicks in a flapjack foundation ready for an earthquake investigation

Strong Shape Investigations

Discover why domes are a strong shape using egg shells. Can you think of any structures which use domes for strength?

Find out why an egg can be almost unbreakable in certain circumstances.

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How about building stable structures using spaghetti and marshmallows ? Incorporating triangle shapes will make these stronger.

Experiment with different shape paper columns to find out which is the strongest shape.

paper column with books balanced on top for a strong shape activity

Make your own paper building blocks  like Babble Dabble Do.

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Bridge Building Engineering Project for Kids

Left Brain, Craft Brain has an amazing DIY suspension bridge . I love the use of loom bands.

Try this simple bridge building engineering task using paper folded in different ways.

Bridges made from folded paper for an engineering STEM challenge

This bridge with string and craft sticks was great fun to build and can be set up as a challenge using different materials for the bridge base.

A bridge made from DUPLO, string and craft sticks for an engineering challenge.

Properties of materials

Engineers have to understand the properties of different materials and consider how they behave in different situations. There are lots of brilliant engineering projects where this concept can be introduced.

First learn how to classify objects by the material they’re made from. How can you tell the difference between a metal and a non metal for example?

Learn about elasticity by adding different weights to an elastic band to investigate how far it stretches.

Find out which materials work best for muffling sound with a fun activity using a cardboard tube with different materials inside it.

Design and choose the best materials to make a boot waterproof .

a piece of paper with a boot image with different types of materials attached to it as part of a waterproofing investigation

Find out which materials make the best superhero cape ? If you were a superhero would you want a long flowing cape or a shorter cape that didn’t move so much?

Discover how to stand on a paper cup without it breaking ! This is also a great activity to link with a topic about Greek Architecture!

Design and build a house for the Three Little Pig s that can withstand the wolf trying to blow it down. The challenge here is to think abut which materials will withstand the wolf’s puff!

Another idea is to test different materials to find out which would be best for a waterproof roof !

a LEGO house and different materials to test to make a waterproof roof

Simple Machines

Find out how to move water upwards with this fun Archimedes Screw .

Design a drawing robot . We used HEXBUGS to power our drawing bots. Pens can also be positioned around a plastic container or cardboard cup with a hexbug inside.

Hexbug spinning pens for an engineering challenge

This bouncy ball invention is genius from Inspiration Laboratories.

Design and build a drinks dispenser using the power of air pressure.

Vehicles – engineering investigations

You only need paper, scissors and a paperclip to make these easy paper helicopter spinners . Experiment with different size spinners to find out if they fall faster or more slowly.

Create a bumper for a car with this bumper car STEM challenge . For this activity little engineers need to think about which materials to choose to get the most rebound back from the car.

Car made from cardboard for a bumper car StEM challenge

Design and build a balloon powered car . This is a brilliant activity for learning about forces and Newton’s Third Law. Once you’ve got it working, try to supercharge it with extra balloon power!

supercharged balloon powered car for a STEM challenge

Or, how about a baking soda boat ? For this engineering challenge you need to think about how to release the gas produced by the baking soda and vinegar reaction to get the most thrust from the bottle boat.

Baking soda boat

Rockets are an incredible feat of engineering. Mini bottle rockets use the same basic concepts to launch that a real rocket uses and are another great introduction to Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Red Ted Art also has a fantastic elastic band powered tugboat .

Ideas for learning about pneumatics

We had great fun designing this K’nex pneumatic crane using two syringes and a tube.

Knex pneumatic crane as an example of an engineering project for kids

We also used the same concept to make a chicken hatch out of an egg !

More fun engineering projects for kids

How about making a guitar and learning about sound absorption and reflection like Red Ted Art .

Try one of these easy catapults  using just lolly sticks, elastic bands and a milk carton top.

Catapults made from craft sticks with table tennis balls to launch

Practice your design skills with this cardboard kitchen . What fun gadgets and tools can you engineer?

Cardboard kitchen

Frugal fun for Boys have lots of wonderful creative ideas for budding engineers, one of our favourites is this LEGO Candy Dispenser .

Engineering projects for little ones

We love this sand and pipe engineering bin from Little Bins for Little Hands.

Happy Hooligans has a cardboard construction set that looks fantastic and so simple.

This play dough and straw spiderweb from Rainy Day Mum looks like great fun.

Try some building with playdough and wooden blocks like Fun with Play at Home.

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The Ultimate List of Fun Engineering Activities for Kids

What is engineering? Why are engineering activities for kids important?

Engineering uses science and math to solve real-world problems. Engineering is used for everything from building roads to completing data analysis tools at an insurance company. There is almost no career today that does not use engineering in some capacity.

Although many children are born with natural engineering tendencies and curiosities, we lose a lot of these skills as we age. Providing thoughtful engineering activities for kids as a part of STEM activities will provide a solid knowledge of engineering that any child can take into adulthood.

But engineering projects are not all boring! In fact, engineering activities are some of the most fun and hands-on STEM activities for kids that children can do.

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun! #engineering #engineeringactivities #stemed #stemactivities

Try these super-fun engineering activities for kids with your classroom or at home!

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Use these engineering activity ideas to go along with your STEM activities for kids!

What are Engineering Projects for Kids?

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Most children start from a place of engineering when they are young. Toddlers and preschoolers continually build, test, experiment, and play with materials to learn more about the world around them.

But for some reason, we often lose that sense of curiosity as we age. Adding more hands on engineering projects for kids and engineering activities for kids in the classroom setting helps foster that sense of wonder longer, while helping children see how all the subjects of school work together. In a simple engineering activity, kids may engage in activities such as:

  • Building and design
  • Construction
  • Selecting the right materials
  • Circuits and electrical engineering
  • Cause and effect
  • Living math
  • Prototype building and testing

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

Why Do Kids Engineering Activities?

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Engineering activities are a lot of fun to try with kids. Engineering is a fun hands-on way to see some areas of science, like physics, the properties of matter, and structural integrity of materials up close and personal.

Kids who love hands on activities will find engineering lessons so much more engaging than simple worksheets. Engineering activities often incorporate all elements of STEM learning, including science, technology, engineering, and math, making them some of the most comprehensive STEM activities that children can do.

You can try these engineering activities in the classroom or at home with your kids!

WHAT CAN KIDS LEARN BY DOING ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES?

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Kids can learn a lot by doing engineering activities! Some of the most important lessons and skills that kids learn by doing engineering activities include:

  • Building science and math skills
  • Learning to work as a team
  • Gathering problem-solving skills
  • Learning how to use the right materials to find the right solution for any problem

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THE ULTIMATE LIST OF ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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Try these fun engineering activities for kids and have an engineering activity for every occasion imaginable!

These engineering activities for kids are perfect for any time of year!

Engineering Activities for Toddlers

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Toddlers will have fun completing these toddler engineering activities.

Testing the Strength of Aluminum Foil

Playdough Towers

Apple Stacking

Engineering Activities for Preschoolers

Try these simple engineering activities for preschoolers and start to discover engineering in the preschool classroom!

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Engineering Activities for Elementary Students

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Elementary kids will have a blast trying out these unique and creative engineering activities for elementary!

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Engineering Activities for Middle School

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Middle schoolers will love these engineering activities for middle school students.

Egg Drop Experiment

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3D Carbon Atom Model

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ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR SPRING

Try these fun engineering activities for kids during the spring!

Peeps are super fun to get at Easter. But if you have some leftover, try these Peeps marshmallow engineering activities! The marshmallow activities and marshmallow STEM challenge will delight your kids. Peeps STEM activities are the best! #easteractivities #peeps #stemactivities #engineering

Peeps Engineering Challenges

Love PEEPS®? Then you're going to love this fun PEEPS® boat engineering challenge! It's a fun way to learn about STEM activities during the spring.

Build a Peeps Boat

Love science? Love PEEPs? Then you will love this PEEPs science experiment where the challenge is to power a PEEP entirely with soap. Fun for all ages!

Make a Soap-Powered Peeps Boat

Learn the basics of engineering with the egg drop engineering project! Part of the 31 days fo STEM activities for kids series.

Egg Drop Engineering Challenge

Looking for PEEPs activities for kids? These three PEEPs STEAM activities are perfect for kids of all ages and are the perfect way to use uneaten PEEPs.

Build a Peeps Rainbow

St. Patrick's Day doesn't have to be just about crafts! Bring some STEM to the holiday with these hands on St. Patrick's Day STEM activities for kids!

Perler Bead Rainbow

Inspired by LEGO Creations by Sara Dees, this LEGO rainbow can be made using bricks you already own! It's harder than you think!

LEGO Rainbow

Want to make your Easter projects more fun? These exploding rainbow Easter eggs are a blast to make, and produce explosive fun!

Exploding Easter Eggs Engineering Experiment

ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR SUMMER

Try these summer engineering activities when it’s hot out!

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

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Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

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ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR FALL

Kids will love doing these fun fall engineering activities.

Bring engineering skills to life with this fun engineering activity where kids build a 3D monster craft for Halloween. Engineering has never been so fun!

Design a Monster Craft Engineering Activity

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

Mini Pumpkin Engineering Activities

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

Apple Engineering Activities

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

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ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR WINTER

Simple Engineering Projects: Construct a New Hat for Santa

Christmas STEM Challenge: Design a New Sleigh for Santa

STEM Experiments: Build a Christmas Tree from Playdough

Christmas Engineering: Bubbling Snow Globe

Christmas Ideas for Preschoolers: Hide the Deer

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Cool STEM Experiments: Design a Snow Globe

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Christmas Activities for Children: Design Your Own Wrapping Paper

If your kids are budding engineers, they will love these engineering project ideas to light up a Christmas tree! Technology and engineering in one!

Engineering Project Ideas: Light Up a Christmas Tree

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

Conversation Heart Structures

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

Build a LEGO Heart

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

Design a Love Bug Engineering Activity

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

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Build STEM skills in a fun way! The leprechaun trap STEM activity is a fun STEM activity for St. Patrick's Day that kids of all ages will love. Try the leprechaun trap challenge in your classroom or at home! #stemactivities #stpatricksday #kidsactivities #stem

Leprechaun Trap STEM Activity

Engineering activities for kids teach a lot of useful skills, like circuits, properties of matter, physics, design, spatial awareness, and more! Kids will have a blast with these engineering activity ideas and engineering for kids has never been so fun!

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Check out this list of some super engaging engineering activities for kids to try! Preschool engineering activities are so much fun for the kids. An added bonus? They’re full of so much learning.

Be sure to check out the free world structure printable at the bottom of the post, too.

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Related: Engineering Books for Kids

Children are natural engineers. They love to design and build with almost anything they can get their hands on, don’t you think?

I know I love watching both my son and my students as they are busy creating something of their own design.

In fact, I often refer to my son as Engineer here on Fun-A-Day. That’s not his real name, in case you’re wondering. He’s just always loved planning and building all kinds of creations. So the nickname stuck.

Something tells me your students are going to get a kick out of these engineering activities for kids!

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Engineering Activities for Kids to Get Their Hands On

Here are some wonderful engineering ideas you can try with your students, or your own children. If you try any of them, be sure to let me know.

Even better, tell me about some of your favorite activities for little engineers. I’m always on the lookout for ideas we haven’t tried before.

Use a “Book of Structures” to inspire block building

Our printable book of world structures has been a hit, inside the classroom and out, for years now. In addition to the engineering it inspires, it also helps kids learn about other countries.

You can find more details about the full printable, along with a free printable version, at the bottom of this post.

Design and build a roller coaster

I love this engineering challenge idea! What kid doesn’t want to design their own roller coaster?

Play and learn with Rube Goldberg machines

Brain Power Boy shares a variety of ways to learn about and explore Rube Goldberg machines.

Create a flag using LEGO pieces

Incorporate history and geography with this idea from Shield of Faith Homeschooling. I bet the kids would love designing their own flag with LEGO bricks, too.

Construct a LEGO camping lantern

This idea from LalyMom would be perfect during a camping theme , or just as a challenge for LEGO lovers you know.

Engineer and explore very unique forts

Does one every really outgrow a love for building forts? TinkerLab shares 3 fun fort engineering activities for kids to try. I think the branch and yarn version is my favorite.

Design one of these 14 catapults

We had a blast painting with catapults and can’t wait to try out the other ideas!

Make a snack pulley

Left Brain Craft Brain’s pulley for snacks is seriously amazing. The step-by-step directions are easy to follow, and this would make a great parent-child project.

Set up a pumpkin engineering challenge for the kids

We’ve done this one in the fall a few times now. Something tells me the kids would get into the challenge at any time of the year, though!

Create mazes for hexbugs

Buggy and Buddy shares so many fun ways to make hexbug mazes. I think our favorite may be the one out of magnetic tiles.

Experiment with a homemade marble run made from recyclables

Grab materials from your recycling box and get to making a marble run! We made ours on a sliding glass door, but you could make one on a wall or a fence outside.

Challenge the kids with mystery engineering bags

This idea, from Childhood 101, would be fun as part of a family night hosted at your school. You could also put some together and send them home for special family projects.

Add PVC pipes to a water table

We’ve also set up a PVC challenge in the water table, both at home and at school. Each and every time, the kids take things in a new direction.

Do you have any engineering activities for kids to try? If so, I’d love for you to leave them in the comments below. My son will thank you! 😉 Which of the above activities would interest your children the most?

More Engineering Activities for Kids

Here are a few more engineering ideas we’ve tested out over the years. The kids have had a blast with them, so I had to share them with you!

Challenge the kids to a winter animal STEM activity . You don’t need many materials to get started, and the kids really get into designing and building dens for polar bears, etc.

Set up a Christmas engineering activity around the holidays. The beauty of this one is that you can easily make tweaks for multiple holidays and seasons.

If your kids love all things building bricks, choose one of these Lego engineering challenges to try. Or, if you’re like us, choose many of the activities!

Check out some of these castle activities , many of which center on engineering and creating.

World Structures STEM Challenges for Your Building Center

Take a peek at the most up-to-date version of the structure book. Perfect addition to your stash of engineering activities for kids!

32 full pages of structures from around the world.

There are a variety of countries represented, from Australia to China to Canada to Peru. I love that there are different types of structures and engineering methods.

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10 full pages of castles from around the world.

This addition is perfect to use during a fairy tale theme, or with kids who are enamored with all things castles.

A flip-book version of the 42 world structures.

These are smaller versions of the structures (four to a page, instead of full-size like those mentioned above). The flip-book version is perfect for classrooms that don’t have room for the larger structure book.

Or add them to your math or fine motor center instead so the kids can build the structures with LEGO bricks or math manipulatives.

4 different building plan options.

Get the little engineers planning out what they will build with these planning sheets. Maybe they’ll use the planning pages to determine how to make a structure from the world structure book. Or maybe they’ll be inspired to create their own building masterpiece.

6 different recording pages to document what the kids have made.

These recording pages can be used in a few different ways. Kids can draw picture of what they’ve made to take home and show their parents. They can be used to keep a class record of what structures have been made throughout the year (with kid-drawn pictures or real photographs). You could even make a class book about all of the engineering projects your students have put together!

6 cover choices to add to a class-made structure book.

These cover pages are perfect for putting together a class book about what’s been made in the building center. You can combine the covers with the recording pages – laminate everything and then bind it together into a book. Or you can add everything to a three-ring binder and put the cover on the front of the binder.

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Materials for Your Engineering Projects

Of course you’re going to need some supplies for all of these fun engineering activities for kids! I highly recommend starting with what you already have. Then decide on with projects you want to try and make a list of new items to pick up. Here are some suggestions (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):

  • Recyclables
  • Lego bricks
  • PVC pipes and pieces
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pool noodles
  • Fort-making materials

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Grab a free six-page version of the world structure book by clicking on the button below. You’ll also get to join Fun-A-Day’s free email community when you download the freebie.

The free version gives you a sample of what to expect in the full 70+ pages World Structures printable. There are four full-page structures included, along with a one-page castle add-on (to make a small flip-book of four castles), and one of the building planning sheets for the kids.

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February 25, 2015 at 10:19 pm

We’re a big fan of PVC pipe building, too. And YES you really need to try out a catapult soon!

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March 1, 2015 at 11:32 am

So many awesome ideas! Thanks for covering our activities for the next few weeks! PVC pipe is one of our absolute favorite materials to play with. Thanks for including our snack pulleys, too!

March 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm

We adore using PVC pipes to make structures, too. And I am in love with that pulley of yours!

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If you’re looking for fun and engaging kindergarten STEM activities (science, technology, engineering, and math), you’ve come to the right spot!

STEM is our “thing” and we’re excited to pass along our favorite activities so you can save time, build confidence and take your teaching to the next level.

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Learn about each of the major branches of engineering and understand what these engineers do from day-to-day.

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Interested in a certain branch of engineering? Try a DIY project to further explore the field. Each project features an instruction sheet as well as an in-depth video tutorial.

Read interviews with female engineers in each major branch of engineering, including details about their careers and advice for younger girls who are interested in engineering.

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25 Kindergarten STEM Challenges That Little Ones Will Love

They’re never too young to create and explore!

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STEM challenges are such a fun way for kids to explore how the world works. By building and creating, they learn problem-solving skills and get hands-on experience with physics, engineering, and more. These kindergarten STEM challenges prove that even little ones have plenty of ingenuity and inspiration.

The best part? These challenges are so easy to set up. They require only basic supplies, like wood craft sticks, pipe cleaners, or blocks. Just post one of these kindergarten STEM challenges on your whiteboard, explain the requirements, pass out the supplies, and watch young minds grow!

Want this entire set of STEM challenges in one easy document? Get your free PowerPoint or Google Slides bundle of these first grade STEM challenges by submitting your email here, so you’ll always have the challenges available.

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25 Kindergarten STEM Challenges

Fold a sheet of paper to make a column that supports the most books..

Fold a sheet of paper to make a column that supports the most books.

Use pipe cleaners to make a new kind of bubble wand.

Use pipe cleaners to make a new kind of bubble wand.

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Take a walk outside and find at least five items to use as paintbrushes.

Take a walk outside and find at least five items to use as paintbrushes.

Use pool noodles cut in half lengthwise to make a toy car race track that includes a ramp. You can also use blocks and masking tape.

Use pool noodles cut in half lengthwise to make a toy car race track that includes a ramp. You can also use blocks and masking tape.

Build the tallest tower you can using wood craft sticks and clothespins.

Build the tallest tower you can using wood craft sticks and clothespins.

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Mix red, blue, and yellow finger paints to make as many new colors as you can.

Mix red, blue, and yellow finger paints to make as many new colors as you can.

Use toothpicks and marshmallows to make as many different shapes as possible.

Use toothpicks and marshmallows to make as many different shapes as possible.

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Use one can of shaving cream to build the tallest structure you can.

Use one can of shaving cream to build the tallest structure you can.

Stack 15 plastic cups into the tallest tower possible.

Stack 15 plastic cups into the tallest tower possible.

  • Clear Disposable Plastic Cups, 500 Pack

Gather twigs outside and use them to build a house for one of the Three Little Pigs.

Gather twigs outside and use them to build a house for one of the Three Little Pigs.

Use 5 pipe cleaners to make the longest chain you can. The chain must be able to hold a small cup of jellybeans.

Use 5 pipe cleaners to make the longest chain you can. The chain must be able to hold a small cup of jellybeans.

Build the tallest tower possible using buttons and Play-Doh.

Build the tallest tower possible using buttons and Play-Doh.

Use a cardboard box, wood craft sticks, construction paper, and supplies like scissors and glue to build a monster trap.

Use a cardboard box, wood craft sticks, construction paper, and supplies like scissors and glue to build a monster trap.

Make a domino chain reaction that includes two curves.

Make a domino chain reaction that includes two curves.

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Use newspapers and masking tape to make a tent for a stuffed animal.

Use newspapers and masking tape to make a tent for a stuffed animal.

Build a bridge that can hold 100 pennies using wood craft sticks and toilet paper tubes.

Build a bridge that can hold 100 pennies using wood craft sticks and toilet paper tubes.

Scoop up one cup of random LEGO bricks and use it to make a new kind of animal.

Scoop up one cup of random LEGO bricks and use it to make a new kind of animal.

Use plastic straws and masking tape to build the tallest possible tower.

Use plastic straws and masking tape to build the tallest possible tower.

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Design a repeating pattern necklace from Cheerios and colored beads.

Design a repeating pattern necklace from Cheerios and colored beads.

Find three different things to fill plastic eggs to make them sink to the bottom of a tub of water.

Find three different things to fill plastic eggs that makes them sink to the bottom of a tub of water.

Make a snowflake from toothpicks and mini marshmallows.

Make a snowflake from toothpicks and mini marshmallows.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Use blocks and wood craft sticks to make a coconut tree that holds as many alphabet magnets or beads as possible.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Use blocks and wood craft sticks to make a coconut tree that holds as many alphabet magnets or beads as possible.

Construct a house from drinking straws and Play-Doh. You can cut the straws if you like.

Construct a house from drinking straws and Play-Doh. You can cut the straws if you like.

Build a fence for toy animals using wood craft sticks and Play-Doh.

Build a fence for toy animals using wood craft sticks and Play-Doh.

100 Day Challenge! Use 100 of something (blocks, LEGO bricks, pipe cleaners, etc.) to make a creation that celebrates your 100th day of school.

100 Day Challenge! Use 100 of something (blocks, LEGO bricks, pipe cleaners, etc.) to make a creation that celebrates your 100th day of school.

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