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60+ Fun STEM Water Activities for Kids

Get ready to have some outrageously fun, educational summer with these 60 unique Water STEM ideas for kids of all ages. This huge list of water stem for kids is divided by categories, grade level, and educational information too. Use these water stem activities to make summer not only fun, but a chance to explore and learn something new with your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, and up! Try these water activities for kids this summer; they make great summer activities for kids!
Get ready to have some outrageously fun, educational summer with these 60 unique Water STEM ideas for kids of all ages. This huge list of water stem for kids is divided by categories, grade level, and educational information too. Use these water stem activities to make summer not only fun, but a chance to explore and learn something new with your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, and up! Try these water activities for kids this summer; they make great summer activities for kids!

Water STEM

Summer is almost here and it’s time to start planning some fun¬†summer activities for kids.¬†Water STEM is always a hit with students, and the warmer weather provides a great opportunity to learn without worrying about getting wet. Whether you’re looking for way to stop the summer slide or you want to continue learning with your preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, and up students – these water STEM activities are loads of fun!

Water STEM activities

Many of these awesome learning activities were presented as “boredom busters”, and they’ll definitely work for that purpose. However, I have provided a few extra stem water activities ideas to round out your lesson plans and help you make the most of every learning opportunity this summer.

water STEM applied buoyancy

Stem water activities

Grade level: Advanced middle school, or high school

  1. Assign your child to build a diver in a bottle following one of the examples below.
  2. Once your child has successfully built the demonstration, ask her to draw a force diagram that accurately reflects each situation.
water STEM engineering STEAM ideas

Stem water

Any of the following engineering challenges could be made into a great lesson for older elementary students.

  1. Have your child draw up a “proposal” for how they intend to solve the problem.
  2. Have your child complete the engineering project.
  3. Write a report about their experience and justify any differences between their proposal and reality.
water STEM engineering with moving parts

Water STEM Projects

pressure

Stem water projects

Grade level: Advanced middle school, or high school.

  1. Ask your child to do the activity using the direction given.
  2. Ask your child to draw a force diagram of each situation in the activity.
STEM Boats

Stem activities for middle school

Grade level: Second grade and higher
  1. Assign your child to make a boat and successfully float it.
  2. Ask your child to write a fictional story about who might have made such a boat, and why.
water STEM refraction

Nature of water: Refraction/diffraction

Grade level: Middle school

  1. Begin by trying these cool refraction demonstrations inside. (The authors call them experiments, they’re actually demo’s but they’re still great science.)
  2. Read an explanation from your science book, or from the posts themselves.
  3. Use the charts provide in this Wikipedia article on color to form a hypothesis about which color will be on the inside of the rainbow. We know light bends in water, so which colors will be most susceptible to bending?
  4. Put on your bathing suits, check your hypothesis, and do the run down the rainbow activity.
water STEM solutions and polarity

STEM Solutions and Polarity

Grade level: Middle school or secondary chemistry students.

  1. Provide a bin of loose parts including pom-poms, string, tooth picks, paper clips, small magnets, glue and putty.
  2. Ask your student to perform the following demonstrations. then use the loose parts to build a model of what the water molecules are doing in each.
water STEM ocean ecology activities

STEM Ocean habitat study

Grade level: Young elementary

  1. Read one or more of Susan Tate’s books about Ocean Animals.
  2. Perform the following demonstrations.
  3. Draw a poster of an Ocean or Bay and include five animals living in their homes.
  4. Label the animals.

Tornado Survival Plan

Grade level: Preschool

  1. Make a tornado in a bottle. Talk about how and why tornadoes form.
  2. Describe  a storm heads for your area. Do the shelter challenge.
  3. Imagine that a storm has destroyed your water supply. How can you conserve resources? Talk about the fact that water is a resource that needs to be conserved every day and try to teeth brushing challenge from Rainy Day Mom.
dam project

Dam engineering project

Grade level: Elementary students

  1. Perform one or more of the following demonstrations.
  2. Create a small pond in a bin or sand box.Include dirt or sand.
  3. Give your child the scenario that heavy rains have caused a river to overflow threatening a nearby town.
  4. Ask your child to write a report that addresses the following concerns.
    • How can the town be protected?
    • How can the water be cleaned?
    • Draw a scale drawing for how to implement each idea.

water STEM water walls

Make a water wall

Grade level: Preschool plus

Water walls are the perfect tinkering opportunity for any age preschool through adult. For older children, challenge them to find the fast, slowest, and longest paths. Challenge them to make the most moving parts and the most interesting paths.

This last activity is an awesome idea, that didn’t fit with the other themes, but I plan to do with my own preschooler this summer as we’re working on learning to count.

I hope you take the chance to experiment, get wet, and have a wonderful summer!

DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! bleeding tissue paper fireworks craft Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply download free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. EPIC Bubble Painting - kids of all ages will love this fun summer art project where they will make a bubble craft by blowing bubbles. Recipe included for this fun to make, easy, summer activity for kids!

Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever!  EASY Stained Glass Craft for Kids - this fun art project is great for kids of all ages from toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, elementary age age and families to make to bright their front door or a window up with a spring craft for kids. You will love this art project

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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