Summer is in full swing in our house and that has left the kiddos with a lot of free time. I like to give them things to do during that day that will help them explore and keep their minds working even on summer break. My kiddos love science and technology so we are a huge fan of any STEAM books or products that we can find. It’s a great way to help kids learn about the world around them in a fun hands-on environment.
We recently came across the Quarto STEAM club. It’s free to join the community and you will find all things STEAM there. They have great activity downloads, videos, and more. It’s a great resource for any parents who want access to STEAM activities for their kids. Do them together for some great family fun.
Quarto Knows also has a great library of STEAM related books that are perfect reads for the summer. I wanted to share a few of our favorites with you. Check them out at a local library or purchase for your own home experimenting.
STEAM Play & Learn by Ana Dziengel:
Creative Adventures in Cursive by Rachelle Doorley:
Writing is cooler in cursive, and Creative Adventures in Cursive gives kids ideas for practicing writing skills, then guides them into cursive creativity.
As many educators will attest, writing in cursive provides cognitive benefits in spelling, memory, reading comprehension, language skills, and overall academic confidence. Practicing cursive carries similar benefits when drawing; once you learn the basic shapes, you can play with it by creating your own personal style.
In Creative Adventures in Cursive, noted author Rachelle Doorley, the creative force behind Tinkerlab, shows twenty-two fun and colorful ways to use script to make posters, present school projects, design monograms, create greeting cards, decorate book bags and t-shirts, ice cookies and cakes—writing in script with everything, including fabric markers, pastry tubes, string and yarn, and of course brushes, pens, and crayons.
The School of Numbers by Emily Hawkins:
Greetings Cadet! Congratulations on being accepted into the prestigious Astro Academy for math! Now strap on your space boots, secure your helmet and let’s get ready for a mathematical journey like no other!
Hop on board the spaceship School of Numbers and head off on an intergalactic mathematical journey that will introduce young readers to key concepts including arithmetic, shapes, fractions, percentages, and sequences.
Six eccentric professors will teach budding space mathematic Cadets all there is to know about the world of numbers! Meet Captain Archimedes Brown who keeps everyone in order; Lois Carmen Denominator who’s got a passion for fractions; Di Ameter who’s a stickler for geometry; Al Jabra who loves algebra; Ava Ridge who’s looney for statistics; and last but certainly not least, Adam Up who just can’t get enough of arithmetic!
Float into this gravity-free classroom, prepare yourself for antics aplenty and get ready to see math in action like never before.
Excellent Engineering by Rob Beattie:
Learn to make a bottle submarine, a smartphone boombox, a weather vane and more with this brilliant book of simple home experiments! Using basic ingredients and equipment, turn your home into a laboratory ready to perform these 35 fun science experiments. Illustrated throughout and with step by step instructions, this collection of quick and achievable experiments is the perfect way to make science fun and is a must for any young engineers!
Curious Creatable Creatures by Sam Haynor:
Experiment, learn and imagine as you make the 20+ bubbling, honking, and illuminating projects in Curious Creatable Creatures.
What can a creatable creature do? They stick, spit, glide, and one of them can even double as a wallet. Add a pair of legs, subtract a wheel…the best thing about these creatures is that they’re a part experiment, part imagination, and 100 percent customizable. Author Sam Haynor draws on his experience with the San Francisco Exploratorium, Oakland Toy Lab, Goldilocks, and designing STEAM curriculum to create projects packed with features. While, on the outside, most appear to be built completely from common craft materials, they contain springs, circuits, magnets, and much more. The projects are safe and fun for younger kids working with adults, and most of them can be tackled by middle-graders with minimal adult help. This unique project book built for open-ended exploration is perfect for crafternoons, homeschool activities, and parties.
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We also love STEAM toys. If you are looking for something fun for the kids this summer check out Tiny Science.
SmartLab’s Tiny Science is a miniature working lab with real precision instruments, including a funnel, petri dish, beaker, Erlenmeyer flask, magnifier, test tube, pipette, graduated cylinder, measuring scoop, balance scale, and 3-gram weights. These teeny tiny tools are housed in a miniature cabinet, making Tiny Science perfect for on-the-go fun!
What happens when you add a drop of vinegar from a tiny pipette to a teeny test tube full of soda? What’s the smallest ball of slime you can make? Are there micro-messages hidden on the dollar bills in your pocket? Find the answers to these questions and more with Tiny Science!
Tiny Science allows kids to perform precision science experiments on a miniature scale. This STEAM kit for kids includes an activity book packed with 20 experiments specifically developed to be performed with tiny tools. As they experiment, young scientists will learn about a wide variety of topics, including mathematics, optics, density, chemical reactions, and crystallization.