9 Activities to Turn Home into a Science Lab

9 Activities to Turn Home into a Science Lab

9 Activities to Turn Home into a Science Lab

Wear your thinking caps this summer and explore the world of STEM! Foster fun learning opportunities with at-home science activities and explore nature, biology, chemistry, and physics in your own backyard. Create a space to experiment at home and inspire new ideas with these nine must-have STEM kits!


1. Catapult Wars

Observe physics in action! Strengthen your engineering skills by building your very own catapult and explore force and motion. Strategize different angles to hit targets and challenge your friends to fun games — who can hit the target first or go the longest distance?! This kit provides hours of brain-powered fun!



2. The Magic School Bus Chemistry Lab

Hop on board the Magic School Bus to learn about chemistry with Ms. Frizzle and her students! The exciting chemistry lab activities will teach you all about acids and bases, volcanoes, slime, surface tension, bubbles, and more. Along with the included materials, you’ll discover different chemical reactions using household items too. Become a young scientist this summer and test out mind-blowing experiments!


3. The Young Scientists Club Animal Tracks Game

Test your knowledge of the animal kingdom! Can you spot the similarities and differences between each animals’ tracks? Strengthen your biology skills and memory by matching the tracks of all kinds of animals on the cards — and learn some fun facts along the way! See how many you guess correctly, whether you play independently or with friends — then venture outside to search for tracks you may recognize!



4. Discovery™ 3-in-1 Earth Exploration STEM Science Kit

Make this summer a blast! Strap on your safety goggles and get ready to grow crystals, excavate gems, and build an erupting volcano all from home. These three exciting experiments will show you how to observe and test the scientific method while thinking like a chemist and geologist!


5. YOUniverse® Sparkling Squishy Soap

Learn the science behind soap-making while creating your very own! Test out new techniques by using different colors, scents, and shapes for your soaps. After customizing, use the soaps yourself or share with friends — these sweet-smelling suds will leave you sparkling all summer long!




6. Thinkbox® Inventors’ Box

Unleash your inner inventor! What will you create first — a rocket ship, self-driving car, or maybe a pinball machine? With over 700 pieces — from wheels to craft sticks, fuzzy sticks to clothespins — the possibilities are endless. Use your imagination, engineering skills, and this toolbox to create the perfect summer invention!


7. Coffee Filter Chromatography Experiment

Science can be crafty too! Use some extra coffee filters, washable markers, and a cup of water to find out how colors separate! Draw designs on the filters before submerging them in water and watch carefully to see what happens. This quick, easy experiment tests color separation while creating cool artwork!



8. Kinetic Sculpture: A Celestial Mobile

Discover the wonders of outer space, just like an astronomer! Download and cut the shapes from this template — then use fuzzy sticks, elastic cord, paint, and a few other household items to create the planets and stars found in our galaxy. Hang this rotating sculpture above your bed so you can always explore the sky, even on cloudy nights!


9. Make Recycled Paper

All the best scientists know how important it is to reduce, reuse, and recycle! Practice your environmentally-friendly science skills by creating your own recycled paper! Blend scrap paper and water into a pulp, and sprinkle seeds on top — when it dries, plant the biodegradable paper in your garden! Show off your green thumb while exploring the biology of a growing plant throughout the summer!



Stay cool with your STEM projects all summer long! Show us what experiments you’re testing out by snapping a photo and sharing it with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #SummerOfSTEM — you may just get a shout out!