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 STEM and STEAM Activities for Grades1-5

Grade 1-5 kids are eager learners. They are highly curious and active. However, their playfulness may affect their learning abilities, if it is not directed in the right way. Teachers and parents have the mandate to guide the learning of these little ones and ensure they grasp concepts as easily as possible. This is especially the case with the science, technical, engineering, art, and mathematics activities, as they are quite challenging. Triggering the thinking capacity of the students through STEM and STEAM activities encourages them to explore ideas, experiment and learning the process. Here is a list of 15 activities that you can engage your grade 1-5 kid at school or at home.

15 STEM and STEAM Activities for Grade1-5
15 STEM and STEAM Activities for Grade1-5
  1. Sugar Density Rainbow

This physical science activity is easy to prepare at home or at school. You will need water, food, colour, glass jars, measuring jars, teaspoon, and sugar. Your kid will learn how to measure different substances through this experiment. For instance, he or she will measure a cup of water and pour this into each of the jars to acquire an equal amount of water. He will also measure out the food colour and place different colours into the glass jars to obtain the colours of the rainbow. The kids will then experiment with the different liquids to create varying densities by starting with zero spoons of sugar and adding one spoonful to each consecutive liquid. After dissolving the sugar, the kids will make a tower using the glass jars and observe the differences in the density through the varying abilities to sink. http://coolscienceexperimentshq.com/

  1. Geometric Shapes

Kids may struggle with getting the concepts in their geometry class. However, making the activity playful will enhance their learning by triggering their creativity and imagination. Playing around with the geometric shapes may even trigger their art and design interest, making the activity more worthwhile. You will need foam sheets, blocks of various shapes, scissors, and straws.

  1. Growing Plants

Children in the 1-5th grades have already appreciated the role of nature in science. It would be worthwhile to introduce them to the concepts of germination and the conditions required by a seed to turn into a seedling through their garden. Have them grow a seed of their choice, cultivate and monitor it until it sprouts and turns into a seedling. The satisfaction they will get out of the nurture, combined with the learning taking place, makes this a must try STEM activity.

  1. Building Bridges

This engineering activity is perfect for kids in the 1 – 5th-grades. They will create the bridges using their building blocks and ensure they capture the essential sections of a bridge such as an arc, a truss, suspension, and beam. This will make grasping ideas about the bridge easier, real, and practical. http://www.creativefamilyfun.net/

  1. Bottle water fountain

This simple experiment helps the children bring the concept of a water fountain to their home or school they can reproduce the fountain using blu-tac, a bottle, a straw, a balloon, and water. It demonstrates the idea that air occupies space. Create a hole for the straw at the side of the bottle and seal any licks. Pour water past the hole then blow the balloon and place it at the top of the bottle.

  1. Straw Roller Coasters

These also provide an amazing opportunity for the kids to learn engineering concepts. Using straws, they will try to recreate their favourite roller coasters. It teaches them about the basics of construction, such as the need for foundations and nodes in creating stability.

  1. Subtraction games

Mathematics can become lively for the kids if it is done practically. Have them count objects and subtract some to determine the remaining number. This is, even more, fun with candy, whereby the kid gets to eat the subtracted ones for every correct answer. It forms an amazing group activity.

  1. Pattern blocks

This activity enhances learning in mathematics by helping the kids appreciate the addition concepts whereas they are learning about different shapes. They can also learn about counting, measurement, and number recognition from this activity. It involves rolling the dice, counting the number of dots that appear on the face-up, and identifying the accompanying shape.

  1. Cabbage juice

Kids can help in the kitchen and learn through this STEM activity. Besides boosting their confidence that you trusted them to help with this preparation, they will learn scientific ideologies on the extraction of juice from plant products. You may use the opportunity to share about the advantages of natural food through the nutritional value of the juice they prepared. Disclaimer: They may not like the taste, even if they made it!

  1. Constellations

Teach the kids this complex idea through a playful experiment. The idea is to recreate the solar systems they know, as well as the famous Milky Way. They can create this craftily, using stars of different colours and drawing lines to connect the joints and make the expected feature. A black background will help reproduce the real scenario.

  1. Decimals

Decimals can be fun to learn if you do it using visuals. The kids will appreciate the place value of figures they create, rather than those already printed in the textbooks. They will alter transfer this knowledge to their class work. Moreover, using the money to explain decimals can be a realistic venture since children can remember the logic behind the change they received at the store, more easily.

  1. Fractions

A great way to learn about fractions is to use shapes such as circles, rectangles, and squares. Besides appreciating the different shapes, the kids can create different fractions and colour them differently. For instance, a circle will be cut into two to form two halves. The halves, cut into two, will for two quarters.

  1. Hydroponics

The kids can learn this concept easily in their classroom or at home. You will need an aquarium that allows you to plant seeds at the top. This way, children will monitor the progress of the seeds as they turn into seedlings and eventually plants. This will help them appreciate and recall the idea of hydroponics.

  1. Pulley

This physics concept can be learnt from the comfort of the home, or outdoors. Kids will realize that they can carry heavy stuff easily if they create an artificial pulley system. This may involve tying a rope to the handle of a bucket full of sand, and then lifting it by sliding the rope across the doorknob.

  1. Machine drawings

Another concept that helps the kids appreciate scientific ideologies is the use of drawings. The children can make drawings of machines they can recall or see, trying to imitate its real parameters as closely as possible. This may also help them appreciate art and design. http://artfulparent.com/jean-vant-hul-writer-childrens-art-enabler