Monday, June 30, 2014

Welcome back to a summer edition of After School Link Up. Learning never stops, and more relaxed schedule leaves kids with more time to tinker, experiment, and try things out. In this post I am sharing six fun STEM activities - tinkering projects for kids submitted by After School Link Up participants in June.
Planet Smarty Pants: Summer Projects for Young Tinkerers

1. Launch a Water Rocket

KC Edventures features a tutorial for a simple water rocket powered by a water hose – an excellent way to get wet this summer.
A Water Rocket from KC Edventures

2. Construct with PVC Pipes

We have never built with PVC pipes yet, but I think this Where Is My Water? PVC project from Rubberboots and Elf Shoes looks like a lot of fun!
pvc pipe and water from Rubberboots and Elf Shoes

3. Build a Boat that Floats

Designing a boat that can float and hold a Playmobil person was our project from last fall, but I want to do it again this summer allowing more time for testing different ideas.
Build a Boat with a Hot Glue Gun from Planet Smarty Pants

4. Build a Robot

I wanted to build a robot ever since we came back from The Maker’s Faire, but so far we haven’t had time. I am sure my daughter will have a lot of fun with it. I’ve seen several basic mini robot tutorials, but I love that Red Ted Art made hers “pretty” and inspired an older neighbor to make his own too!
How to Make Your Own Robot from Red Ted Art

5. Make Squishy Circuits

Another project that involves a battery. I heard about conductive play dough, but it never occurred to me that we can make our own conductive and insulator play dough. I read a post from stlMotherhood, and now squishy circuits is on my to-do list.
Squishy Curcuits from stlMotherhood

6. Make a Marble Run

Buggy and Buddy put together a great round up of DIY marble runs and mazes. Each of them would make a great tinkering project, especially a reconfigurable maze like the one made out of Lego.
10 Awesome Marble Runs from Buggy and Buddy

More Tinkering Projects for Kids

Check out my 12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids (with a cash giveaway!)
Planet Smarty Pants - 12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids
Follow my Pinterest board For Future Engineers.

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Ticia said...

They all look like fun summer projects.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

So many good projects!

Bronwyn Joy said...

Love these suggestions. Will have to pin for next time we're "bored".

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

So many fun ideas!

Going Green Mama said...

I love all these ideas! So glad I discovered this for my little engineer.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these great ideas for little ones that like to tinker!

Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

Alisha Carlson said...

Wow, Natalie... such clever ideas to keep kids creating and learning! I'm so impressed! Thanks so much for sharing on Makeovers & Motherhood's Welcome Party Wednesday Link-Up! Featuring this week & pinned!