Guest Post by Harper Reid
Winter can sometimes feel dreary, but there’s plenty of fun to be had! The cold climate is an excellent opportunity for kids to explore more fun and exciting STEAM projects. These activities are available no matter the season, and kids are free to enjoy doing them wherever they are. With the emphasis on play, and having as much fun as possible, kids can make the most out of them as a learning experience. With that said, here are five fun-filled activities for your kids to enjoy!
1. Supercooling Liquids – Science
It’s common to show water boiling into steam to demonstrate states of matter because the slow process of water freezing into ice is rather boring. What if it wasn’t? Try Supercooling your water, or any other liquids you want to experiment with.
- Place an unopened bottle of water or whatever liquid you have in the freezer (purified water works best).
- Leave it undisturbed for around two and a half hours (the time may vary depending on your freezer). Check to see if it is still liquid. If it’s frozen, you will have to repeat this process and lower the duration.
- Gently remove it from the freezer, take care not disturb it too much as you remove the lid.
- Give it a quick shake, or pour it onto a piece of ice. Watch instant crystallisation before your eyes!
2. Arduino Programming – Technology
Kids have the best opportunity when it comes to learning to code. Small, cheap and portable work stations like Arduinos provide the chance to practice and explore all manners of projects.
- Order an Arduino electronic platform. Most are available online or with electronic retailers.
- Organise a fun, exciting and productive coding project. There are many resources online to help find inspiration.
3. Building with Lego – Engineering
Lego is a fantastic way to engage kids in creative projects that can challenge their skills in planning and problem-solving. There are countless amounts of pre-fab kits to build, but buying the general-purpose lego bricks is ideal for making whatever you want.
- Set a challenge to build a certain structure, such as a tower or bridge.
- Draw a plan, write what bricks are involved in building it and why.
- Work in groups or solo to build it, and test its integrity so that new things can be learned about the process of building.
4. Mosaic Pictures – Art
For many kids, drawing is the common alternative when left inside or without a chance to play outside. Mosaics are a great way to exercise the creative freedom of making pictures, but with the added inspiration found in all the coloured tile pieces available.
- Brainstorm ideas for a cool Mosaic picture.
- Take the time to collect all the weird and wonderful tile pieces needed to make the right picture.
- Have fun!
5. Fibonacci Craft – Mathematics
The amazing world of math is not always appreciated in its normal form. It takes a creative visual project to demonstrate just how our world is based on the rules of mathematics. Art and craft projects based on the Fibonacci sequence make great representations.
- Grab a good compass, a pencil and all the craft material you may think you’ll need to make amazing Fibonacci art
- There are plenty of online resources and tutorials to show you what is possible to make.
- Match up your art with the sequence of numbers, showing the progression of the sequence.
All of these activities are great for winter and any other season where you have the time. Go out there, learn and have fun!
Harper grew up on books and board games, from the silly and fun to the clever and challenging! When not busy writing and meeting deadlines, she and her friends love to play Scrabble or Scattergories. Get to know more about Harper through her written pieces on Harper Reid.