If your first graders constantly ask how and why things work, then they are ready for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)! These fun, hands-on STEM activities are just right for first grade. They’re the perfect compliment to our jam-packed STEM Challenge Bundle.
First grade is a wonderful time to introduce STEM topics on a deeper level, beyond just simple experiment demonstrations, because students are ready to move a little deeper into science, technology, engineering, and math activities.
Their understanding of these concepts might surprise you!
First Grade Science
Make a magic walking water rainbow.
Turn aluminum foil into colorful rainbow paper. // Science Kiddo
The classic Ivory soap experiment is a must for any first-grade kid.
Kids will not believe that you can really make HOT ice. // Playdough to Plato
Learn all about how yeast expands in this fun experiment. // Playdough to Plato
Teach kids about weather patterns with a homemade tornado in a jar. // Playdough to Plato
First grade kids will be delighted how quickly they can make frost in a can. // Schooling a Monkey
Turn an ordinary Ziploc into a leakproof bag.
First Grade Technology
Learn binary with these coding cards.
Kids will love building their own Rube Goldberg machine! // Tinker Lab
A spy decoder is a fun way to learn about codes. // Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Figure out the secret code! // What Do We Do All Day
Make a DIY abacus that really works! // Coffee Cups and Crayons
First Grade Engineering
Design a smart phone projector that really works!
Build a bridge from straws.
Create and race cars made from K’nex!
The sky is the limit with these LEGO challenge cards. // The STEM Laboratory
Make a machine that spins a monster. // Left Brain Craft Brain
Build a bridge using recycled materials. // Left Brain Craft Brain
First Grade Math
Practice odd and even with a batch of playful activity sheets.
Learn math facts with these homemade dominoes. // Playdough to Plato
Take a big step toward multiplication with skip counting puzzles.
This activity is a fun hands-on way to learn place value. // Playdough to Plato
Teach math facts with this fun math fact memory game. // Playdough to Plato
Angles are more fun with art! // In the Playroom
Practice subtraction with these robot-themed cards.
Learn about Fibonacci in this fun math art project. // What Do We Do All Day
Print and Play STEM Activities
Save time hunting down STEM ideas with our print and play batch of STEM challenges!