Outdoor STEM Activities to Celebrate Spring
Spring is almost here, and your kids are probably looking forward to getting outdoors. While there are several ways for them to play and have fun, there are also ways for them to learn. Whether you let them plant flowers or harness the power of the sun, there are several outdoor STEM activities to celebrate spring.
There is so much to learn from planting flowers. Not only do your children follow hands-on instructions to plant flowers, but this is something they can observe over the next few months. They can even keep a journal to draw pictures of how the flowers look each week along with any notes. Use a variety of plants, seeds, and bulbs so your kids can make different observations.
Grow a Garden
Something else they can observe is the growth of a garden. You can start with seeds or plants. Not only can your children observe the plants growing and producing fruits and vegetables, but you can take things further by allowing your children to harvest the produce. You could then cook or preserve the fruits and vegetables for future use. There’s so much that can be learned from gardening. Even tasting different colours of bell peppers and making observations is a good activity.
See How Rain Water Travels
On a rainy day, grab the umbrellas and go outside to see how water travels through the yard. You may have to look for a few moments to see a spot where there’s enough water flowing. An alternative would be to use a hose to create a rain shower and watch how the water travels. A good spot to start would be around spouts from the gutters. This is where you’ll find a good flow of water.
Build a Birdhouse
Building a birdhouse is another great outdoor STEM activity to celebrate spring. Not only is math used, but you can also use science to observe the birds in your yard to see how big the birdhouse needs to be. You can also paint and decorate the birdhouse before finding the perfect place to hang it.
Harness the Power of the Sun
Last, but not least, purchase some solar decorations or toys for the yard and let your kids discover how the power of the sun can be used to power them. Your children can also choose the spots to place the decorations and check on them at night to see if the decorations got enough sun. If the spot isn’t a good one, they can try again.
It’s nice to get outdoors once the weather warms up. It’s also nice to have activities for your kids to do that are educational, but also fun. Many of these activities can be spread out over a few days. Whether your kids grow a garden or build a birdhouse, these STEM activities are a great way to spend a warm spring day. Choose a couple different ones for the first day of spring to help celebrate the beginning of the season.