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STEM Activities for Kids Using Household Items

A collection of STEM activities for kids using household items. Easy experiments using household items. Great activity ideas for homeschool and continuing to learn outside of school. All you need are a few household supplies.

Teach STEM at home

Young children are fascinated by science, and there are all sorts of fascinating experiments you can do using items you already have in your home! Today I am sharing a list of STEM activities for kids using household items. There are plenty of science, technology, engineering, and mathematical tools that you use every day without even realizing it! The goal of this post is to increase awareness of how much learning your children can get by exploring their home environment.

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STEM Activities for Kids Using Household Items

I’m dividing this post into activities you can do in different rooms of the house: the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room, your child’s bedroom, and outside in your yard.

STEM activities for kids using everyday houshold items

STEM Activities Using Items Found in the Kitchen

Cooking is a wonderful STEM activity for children! Here are some great STEM activities you can do with your kids while cooking:

STEM Activities Using Items Found in the Bathroom

STEM Activities Using Items Found in the Laundry Room

  • Test different detergents to see which ones remove stains the best.
  • Dry clothing at high and low heat and compare drying times.
  • Compare the weight of wet and dry laundry.
  • Compare the weight of dirty and clean laundry.

STEM Activities Using Items Found in the Living Room

  • Measure furniture – using a ruler and tape measure.
  • Measure items using your own body. How many of YOUR feet long is the couch? How many hands tall is the dining room table?
  • Estimate how many books are on the bookcase. Check your answer.
  • Track shadows as the sun moves across the sky.

STEM Activities Using Items Found in Your Child’s Bedroom

  • Build a tall tower using LEGO DUPLO blocks or other blocks. Magna-Tiles add a great stability challenge.
  • Measure furniture – using a ruler and tape measure.
  • Measure furniture using stuffed animals. How many teddy bears long is your bed?
  • Measure furniture using clothes. How many socks wide is the doorway?

STEM Activities Using Items Found Outside

science experiments you can do with your children using items you already have in your home

More Hands On Learning Activities for Kids

Today’s post is Day 5 in a 10 day series. Click on the image below to find more hands on learning activities for kids!

hands-on learning activities for kids

Do you have any STEM activities for kids using household items that I should add to my list? Please share in the comments! Links to relevant blog posts are welcome!

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

12 thoughts on “STEM Activities for Kids Using Household Items”

  1. I do miss early elementary science because it was so easy then to just pull out something from my kitchen to teach science, but it gets harder as my kids are getting older.

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