The 5 Best Engineering Kids Activities For Christmas 2017

Christmas is coming and we are getting EXCITED! So are the kids…right?

It can be a bit challenging to keep them engaged and persuaded as youthful scientists during this festive season. However, there are some astounding, engaging engineering activities that can accentuate their joy.

Here are some mind-blowing science, tech, math and engineering activities to keep the young ones occupied in STEM and STEAM.

From paper circuits, motors to building switches; these engineering activities are an awesome way to educate and entertain them.

You will be filled with pride seeing them make light up cards, build toys from scratch and buzz up your life. I mean literally…

LED Mask: Simple circuits

Your kid will be excited to make this super hero LED mask. It’s very simple and easy to follow. All you need to do is wear your thinking hat and let the creative juices flow!

MATERIALS:

  1. Template of the mask (Available on www.wizkidsclub.com/shop)
  2. One LED bulb
  3. One coin cell battery
  4. Elastic band
  5. Colors and markers
  6. Tape and scissors

STEPS:

1) Cut out the mask template and design it. We made a wonder woman mask. Draw stars and color the stars yellow and red if you want to make the wonder woman mask.

2) Now take coin cell battery and LED. When the positive lead of the LED touches the positive lend of the coin battery, it glows. The circuit is complete and the LED lights up.

3) Now secure the connection with tape.

4) Then take the LED and stick it to the back of the mask using tape.

5) Finally attach an elastic band on both ends of the mask and your wonder women mask is ready!

Enjoy your Christmas with wonder woman mask and surprise friends and family. Check out the video here:

 

Christmas Ornaments: Simple circuits

Some simple but entertaining ways to amaze your kids: LED Christmas ornaments. How about color and LIGHT IT UP? Sounds fun… eh? This engineering design is going to be epic.

MATERIALS:

Here some items that you are required for this ornament.

– Cut out of the Rudolph and Santa template. Available at www.wizkidsclub.com/shop

– 2 LED blubs

– 2 Coin cell batteries.

– Colors and markers

– Tape and scissors.

STEPS:

  • Cut out the mask templates. I have Santa and Rudolph from the wizkidsclub STEAM KITs.
  • Color and design it.
  • I made 2 holes for the LED to go in. Now take the LED and coin battery. When the long leg, which is the positive lead of the LED, touches the positive side of the battery. IT GLOWS!!!

  • The circuit is complete. Secure the connection with tape.
  • Now take the LED and poke it in.
  • Tape the glowing LED on to the ornament
  • It’s time for the big reveal! Your GOWING CHRISTMAS ornaments are ready! Have fun and charm your family and friends

 

Light Up Card: Paper Circuits

Would not it be amazing if you can make a card that has light in it and you can turn it on and off with a tap of your finger? Best part is, you can make it at home!

You just need few things and follow my lead.

MATERIALS:

What you will need:

– Print out of the circuit card template. Available of www.wizkidsclub.com

– 1 LED

– 1 COIN BATTERY

– COPPER TAPE

– NORMAL TAPE

– Scissors

– Stickers …which are optional.

– Sketch pens or markers

Materials are available on wizkidsclub.com or you could buy the kit now!

STEPS:

  • Cut out the card template.
  • Peel the copper tape and carefully stick it on the brown thick lines.
  • Completely stick the copper tape on the brown lines as shown. Press down the copper tape to make it smooth.
  • Take the LED and poke it through the paper. Gently bend the legs and place them where indicated. Use copper tape to secure the connection.

  • Fold the card. Now take the coin cell battery.  The positive end of battery should face up. Use tape to stick the battery on the card. Ensure the area where the copper tape touches the battery is clear.
  • When you fold the card, the circuit is complete and the LED lights up.

  • Have fun putting your stickers. I choose a funny robot with light.
  • Stick the “PRESS HERE” sticker in the right place.
  • Use any colour of your choice to make it super attractive and fun!

Your glowing card is ready and here is you go with another engineering activity.

DANCE PAD: Buzzer/Light up Circuit

Making a dance pad at your own house is not a rocket science and it’s one of the best engineering activity that you can do this Christmas. Dance and Dance and Dance away with every Christmas Carol.

MATERIALS:

A list of items is given below:

  1. 1 card board
  2. Aluminum foil
  3. 9 volt battery
  4. Toilet roll
  5. Light bulb or buzzer
  6. Alligator clip
  7. Tape
  8. Hot glue gun
  9. Screwdriver
  10. Shinny paper

STEPS:

  • Fold the cardboard in such a way so that one part is larger than that of other part.
  • Stick the aluminum foil to the larger part or jutting out part of the card.
  • Attach shining paper to the extra part of the card.

  • Take a toilet paper roll and cover it up with a aluminum paper and stick it to the inner flap of the cardboard as shown in the figure.
  • Tape the battery on the shiny paper
  • Connect one of the battery wires to the light bulb or buzzer (If you want a musical dance pad)

  • Connect one end of the alligator clip to the battery and the other end to the aluminum strip on the cardboard.
  • Take the other alligator clip and connect it to the light bulb or buzzer.
  • Connect the other end to the toilet roll.

  • When the top flap is pressed down, the circuit is complete. The bulb lights up or the buzzer sounds.
  • Decorate the dance pad and tap away to glory.

 

15 Preschool STEM And STEAM Activities for This Month

The capacity of kids preschool to grasp science, technical, engineering, and mathematics concepts has always been wanting. This is because the technical subjects involve complex ideologies that escape the capacity of the young minds when presented raw. However, these concepts can be presented in an age-friendly manner with amazing results. This is the aim of STEM activities, where pre-schoolers are introduced to learning the easy way, without them even knowing they are required to learn. This produces lifelong learners that are open to try new concepts and embrace technical ideas. Here is a list of 15 STEM activities pre-school kids can engage in safely and easily.

 

 

 

1. Absorption

Students learn this basic scientific term through various levels of school. Introducing the concept to pre-school kids enable them to relate the science terminology to activities with which they are familiar. This can be achieved through the use of a sponge and water placed in a container. The kid will place the sponge over the water and the sponge will take up the water thus making the container dry. This is a simple way of introducing the concept of absorption.

2. Flower dissection

Another practical idea that can be interesting to preschool kids is the dissection of flower. While they may not understand the term dissection, they can learn this scientific activity by following your directions as a part of a game. The kid will try out cutting flowers into parts severally until they get it right. Preferably, allow the kids to do this in the garden and enjoy the fresh air and natural feel.

3. Gravity

The force of gravity is an interesting finding that the pre-school kids can learn without much trouble. This is especially the case because they are playful, and will find throwing stuff into the air and watching it fall back interesting. You can try this using different stuffs, including balls, fruits, and pebbles.

4. Counting

Counting is one of the earliest skills that children acquire. It involves the recitation of the basic numbers, and the ability to identify the figures using objects. This can be achieved using blocks with numbers written on top of them.  Counting objects will also help the kids to understand and recognize the numbers. This will improve their mathematical confidence and skills.

5. Groups of Animals

Toys present domestic and wild animals in a way that attracts the attention of kids. You can be adventurers and give them a tour of the different animals using the toys. The toys may be stuffed animals or plastic toys. The children will manage to differentiate between the different animal types and identify their nature.

6. Heart Rate

The pre-school kids can also appreciate the biological skill of recognizing and counting the heartbeats. This will involve placing the hand of the young one on your heart to feel the beating of the heart. You can also take turns to feel each other’s heart beats to increase the fun.

7. Magnets

The magnets are physically viable, and the little children are likely to appreciate their actions. You can have the kids experiment with different objects to feel the attraction and repulsion powers and tell the difference. They will learn about the difference between magnetic and non-magnetic objects, and the power of a magnetic field.

8. Nuts and bolts

The kids can learn this stem activity by experimenting with different bolts and nuts. The idea is to close and open the items, and pair them as appropriate. This may take time, and it will keep you kid busy and interested for a long time.

9. Nature

Take the pre-school kids out to observe natural phenomenon and appreciate the marvel of natural things. The children will get to hear the different voices and relate them to the respective animals. They will also feel the texture of the animals by touching the fur and hide of the animals. Interacting with the plants and flowers is also a safe way of familiarizing your kid with scientific concepts. The nature walk will also help you and your kid bond and rejuvenate by breathing fresh air.

10. Observing

Kids learn a lot from observing things within their environment. You can make good use of this opportunity and allow learning to take place through observation. For instance, children can learn about STEM concepts in their environment. Observing the wind is a good experience that the kids can learn from without feeling the pressure of learning.

11. Wind

This natural phenomenon can be a wonderful learning activity for the young ones. It requires them to be outdoors, and to learn to appreciate the effect of the wind through observing such impact as swaying trees. Moreover, the children will learn to identify the feel of the wind on their faces.

12. Surface Tension

Surface tension allows objects to settle on the surface of water when it is undisturbed. Kids can observe you placing a needle on the water gently. They can then try to imitate your actions severally until they get it right. The excitement will be worthwhile, and the learning experience priceless.

13. Waves

Waves form a significant part of the physical sciences. These can be observed in the natural world through the observation of waves in the ocean. However, you can reproduce this effect using water ripples at home. Alternatively, you can introduce your kid to this science using strings.

14. Preschool level Structures

Once more, kids will learn about a lot of information from their toys. For instance, block building introduces the kids to different shapes that they can learn. This helps them develop their mathematical skills. The toys can also inform the kids about differences in structure through the varying shapes.

15. Temperature

Pre-school children can appreciate the differences in temperature from an early stage. They know when they need to put on their pullovers, and when the weather is too hot. The can identify hot and cold objects easily. This introduces the kids to physical science terminologies and concepts thus qualifying as a STEM activity.