Linear Measurement Scavenger Hunt

Linear Measurement Scavenger Hunt

When it comes to teaching kids about linear measurement, this playful, hands-on scavenger hunt is a quick and easy way to make practice fun. Snag your copy below and then hop over and grab our Epic STEM Challenge Bundle in our shop! Getting Ready Prepping this linear...

read more
Conversation Heart Measurement Activity

Conversation Heart Measurement Activity

Conversation hearts aren’t just a sweet Valentine’s Day treat - they are an irresistibly fun math manipulative,, too! One of our favorite activities is using conversation hearts to introduce measurement. They are the perfect size for little hands and are easy to...

read more
STEM Challenge: Linear Measurement

STEM Challenge: Linear Measurement

This kid-approved STEM challenge is the perfect addition to your measurement unit or STEM center!

The 60 hands-on task cards and corresponding record sheets give kids practice measuring and comparing length using unifix cubes.

-> Bundle with all of our STEM activity packs and SAVE!

In the first 45 cards, children compare two piles of objects to determine which set is longer.

When they’re ready for a challenge, students then move on to the 15 extension cards.

 

STUDENTS WILL:

–> Find objects in the room that are longer or shorter than a given set,

–> Estimate and then measure the length of objects,

–> And decide what type of measuring tool (ruler, measuring tape or yard stick/meter stick) would be best to use in different situations.

Finally, in the final challenge included in the pack, children race Matchbox cars to determine which one travels the farthest.

The STEM challenge pack is so motivating, hands-on and playful! Kids will ask to complete it over and over again.

read more
STEM Challenge: Weight Measurement

STEM Challenge: Weight Measurement

This kid-approved STEM challenge is the perfect addition to your weight measurement unit or STEM center!

The 60 hands-on task cards and corresponding record sheets give kids practice measuring and comparing weight using a simple balance.

–> Bundle with all of our STEM challenges and save!

In the first 45 cards, children compare two piles of objects to determine which set weighs more and which weighs less.

When they’re ready for a challenge, students then move on to the 15 extension cards that invite them to find objects in the room that weigh more or less than a given set.

The STEM challenge pack is so motivating, hands-on and playful! Kids will ask to complete it over and over again.

read more

Start Here

- 30 Science Experiments - 150+ STEM Challenges Kids Will Beg to Repeat! - Geoboard Challenges Freebie - Landmark STEM Challenges - LEGO Challenge Cards Freebie - Sub Plans - Toothpick STEM Structures- 5 Senses Activity Pack - 30 Science Experiments - Animal...

read more
Holiday Centers

Holiday Centers

Holidays are such an exciting time for kids and when you’re able to bring hands-on, fun activities into the classroom you can amplify their joy! We’ve compiled a list of many easy-to-set-up centers to celebrate throughout the entire year with your PreK, Kindergarten...

read more
Apple STEM Challenges

Apple STEM Challenges

These apple STEM challenges are a must-try! Grab a bag of apples and dive into science, measurement, buoyancy, life cycles, 2D shapes and numbers.  The set is perfect to use in STEM centers, math stations or as early finisher tasks. Download your set in our shop or on...

read more
Flip Flop Measuring

Flip Flop Measuring

We all know that kids can get a little stir-crazy waiting for summer to start!  To keep my students engaged and motivated to finish the school year strong, I created a bright flip flop measuring activity. It's a great math center for the classroom and it would also be...

read more
Watermelon STEM Book

Watermelon STEM Book

Summer sun means watermelon fun!  Watermelon is the perfect way to add some science and math to summer plans... especially when your hands-on STEM can later be turned into a snack!  This watermelon STEM book is the perfect summer activity. Scroll down to snag your...

read more
Weight STEM Challenge Cards

Weight STEM Challenge Cards

Hands-on math is always a hit with kids! These STEM challenge cards make it so easy to create a motivating measurement activity. Students will love discovering whether one pile of objects is heavier than another. Grab your free set below and then hop over and snag our...

read more
Easter STEM Activities

Easter STEM Activities

Hunting down STEM activities for young kids can be overwhelming.  It takes SO MUCH TIME to search through Pinterest piecing together ideas.  But this Easter STEM activity pack will take all of the stress out of making STEM centers - your students will beg to repeat...

read more
Magic Crystal Butterfly

Magic Crystal Butterfly

Growing crystals is always a science activity my kids love. Combine crystals with their love of butterflies and we get a magic crystal butterfly - a winning science activity! And speaking of winning science activities, check out our 30 Science Experiments in our shop...

read more
Kindergarten STEM Activities

Kindergarten STEM Activities

If you’re looking for fun and engaging kindergarten STEM activities (science, technology, engineering, and math), you’ve come to the right spot! STEM is our “thing” and we’re excited to pass along our favorite activities so you can save time, build confidence and take...

read more
Pre-Kindergarten STEM Activities

Pre-Kindergarten STEM Activities

If you're looking for fun and engaging Pre-K STEM activities, you've come to the right spot! STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is our “thing” and we’re excited to pass along our favorite activities so you can save time, build confidence and take your...

read more
Monster Counting Mats

Monster Counting Mats

Few things are quite as exciting to kids as monsters. These playful counting mats put all of that excitement to great use - giving children practice with number recognition, counting AND ten frames. They're also the perfect compliment to our best-selling playdough...

read more
First Grade STEM Centers

First Grade STEM Centers

If you’re looking for fun and engaging first grade STEM centers (science, technology, engineering, and math), you’ve come to the right spot! STEM is our “thing” and we are so excited to pass along our favorite activities so you can save time, build confidence and take...

read more
Second Grade STEM Activities

Second Grade STEM Activities

If you’re looking for fun and engaging second grade STEM activities (science, technology, engineering, and math), you’ve come to the right spot! STEM is our “thing” and I'm excited to pass along these fun ideas for the classroom so that you and your students grow a...

read more
Christmas Tree Geoboard

Christmas Tree Geoboard

This Christmas tree geoboard is a fun way to help little mathematicians explore shapes and geometry while  strengthening those little fingers.  Often seen in preschool classrooms, geoboards are an amazing math manipulative that helps explore not only shapes, but area,...

read more
Pumpkin Volcano

Pumpkin Volcano

Fall is in the air so it's the perfect time to make a magically erupting (surprisingly simple!) pumpkin volcano. Check out the simple step-by-step below and then hop over and grab our mega pack of 30 Science Experiments that are kid-approved! Getting Ready To make our...

read more
EDITABLE Math Center Labels

EDITABLE Math Center Labels

Whether you use Daily Three, math groups or something else entirely, these editable math center labels make it so easy to customize a station rotation that’s a perfect fit for your classroom.

First up?! Get to work customizing your center cards.

The set includes 48 EDITABLE center cards! (You can check out the complete list in the product description below.)

PLUS, you’ll receive 20 editable color group labels (12 shape groups + 8 color groups).

Or, if you prefer, type your own names onto the set of customizable group labels.

Because the set is completely customizable, the options are limitless!

AND, as a fun bonus, you’ll also get customizable student labels so you can personalize a pocket chart of their math groups too.

The editable math center labels will take your rotations to a whole new level of organization.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Addition

–> Base ten blocks

–> Board Games

–> Calendar

–> Card Games

–> Comparing

–> Computers

–> Counting

–> Counting bears

–> Dice

–> Dominoes

–> Estimation

–> Fact Families

–> Fractions

–> Geometry

–> Graphing

–> iPad

–> LEGOS

–> Magnetic Numbers

–> Math Facts

–> Math journal

–> Math links

–> Measurement

–> Meet with the teacher (6 versions)

–> Money

–> Number line

–> Pattern blocks

–> Playdough

–> Popsicle Sticks

–> Puzzles

–> Reading math books

–> Shapes

–> Smart Board

–> Sorting

–> Spinner Games

–> Subtraction

–> Surprise

–> Tallying

–> Temperature

–> Ten frames

–> Time

–> Unifix cubes

–> Weight

read more
Valentine’s Day STEM Challenges

Valentine’s Day STEM Challenges

These Valentine’s Day STEM Challenges are a must-try! Use a simple box of candy hearts to dive into weight, length AND science.

The set is perfect to use in STEM centers, math stations or as early finisher tasks.

 

read more
Farm STEM Challenges

Farm STEM Challenges

Whether you're planning a farm-themed unit or are in need of motivating ways to teach kids important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, this activity pack is sure to do the trick. The 6 playful challenges are perfect to use in STEM centers, math...

read more
Farm STEM Challenges

Farm STEM Challenges

These farm STEM challenges are a must-try! Students will love diving into measurement, engineering, number recognition, addition, shapes and problem solving.

The set is perfect to use in STEM centers, math stations or as early finisher tasks.

—————> Bundle with all of our STEM challenges and SAVE!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 15 geoboard task cards + a record sheet

–> 15 building block task cards + a record sheet

–> 15 linear measurement task cards + a record sheet

–> 10 baby animal match up puzzles

–> How many long? measurement activity

–> Roll and Cover Pattern Block Mats (There are two versions: one practicing numbers and a second for addition.)

read more
Apple STEM Challenges

Apple STEM Challenges

These apple STEM challenges are a must-try! Grab a bag of apples and dive into science, measurement, buoyancy, life cycles, 2D shapes and numbers.

The set is perfect to use in STEM centers, math stations or as early finisher tasks.

—————> Bundle with all of our STEM challenges and SAVE!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Apple Investigation Sheets (There are two versions: one using US measurement and one for metric.)

–> Apple Boat Races

–> Apple Life Cycle Poster

–> Apple Life Cycle Craftivity

–> Apple Life Cycle Cut and Paste Sequencing Activity

–> What’s Next? (You can practice any combination of numbers from 1 to 120.)

–> 2D Shape Concentration Game (Pick from 10 different 2D shapes.)

read more
Inflate a Balloon with Yeast Experiment

Inflate a Balloon with Yeast Experiment

Did you know that you can inflate a balloon WITHOUT blowing air into it? It's true. In this simple experiment, young scientists use yeast to magically inflate a balloon. How cool is that?! Check out the simple step-by-step below and then snag our 30 Science...

read more
STEM Challenge: Telling Time

STEM Challenge: Telling Time

These telling time STEM challenges give kids hands-on practice with digital, analog and elapsed time.

Just print the cards on cardstock, cut them apart, and grab a student clock.

 

Kids will love solving all 6 activity sets:

-> Analog time to the nearest 15 minutes

-> Analog time to the nearest 5 minutes

-> Digital time to the nearest 15 minutes

-> Digital time to the nearest 5 minutes

-> Elapsed time with stories

-> Elapsed time with analog clocks

 

The pack includes record sheets and answer keys so you can easily check students’ progress!

These telling time challenges are a perfect compliment to our weight, linear and geoboard STEM challenges!

read more

Privacy Policy

Playdough to Plato, LLC (the parent company of TheSTEMLaboratory.com) believes very strongly in keeping your personal information confidential. The following policy describes what information we collect and how it is used and shared. Playdough to Plato, LLC...

read more
150+ STEM Challenges

150+ STEM Challenges

Looking for easy prep, fun to solve STEM challenges for kids?! This epic bundle combines ALL of my STEM challenges into one easy purchase – my best-selling landmark cards, toothpick and playdough STEM structures, weight and length challenges… they’re all here! And that means you’ll get an entire year of STEM challenges in one easy download.

Each activity pack includes easy to follow instructions, challenge cards, record sheets and answer keys.

AND THE BEST PART IS…

All 150+ challenges use simple supplies like toothpicks, pattern blocks and paper so you can quickly gather what you need without breaking the bank or making late night Target runs.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Scientific Method Posters

–> Editable STEM Box Labels and Student Checklist

–> Toothpick Structure Challenge Cards

–> Famous Landmark Challenge Cards

–> Weight Measurement Challenges

–> Linear Measurement Challenges

–> Pattern Block Challenges

–> Geoboard Challenges

–> Computer Coding Challenge Cards

–> Cookie Structure Challenges

–> Marshmallow Boat Challenges

–> Straw Challenges

–> Craft Stick Puzzles

–> Paper Challenges

–> Molecules and Atoms

–> 4 Season Building Cards

–> Telling Time Challenges

–> Christmas STEM Challenges

–> Winter STEM Challenge

–> Valentine’s Day STEM Challenges

–> St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenges

–> Easter STEM Challenges

–> Spring STEM Challenges

–> Back to School STEM Challenges

–> Apple STEM Challenges

–> Farm STEM Challenges

–> Fall STEM Challenges

–> Holidays Around the World Challenges

–> Snow STEM Challenges

–> Rainbow STEM Challenges

–> Earth Day STEM Challenges

–> Building Block STEM Challenges

–> Alphabet Geoboard Challenges

–> Math Geoboard Challenges

–> Symmetry Mats

read more
50+ Genius STEM Activities for Kids

50+ Genius STEM Activities for Kids

With a name like The STEM Laboratory, it's no surprise that we're obsessed with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for kids. These 50+ STEM projects are sure to keep little scientists engaged, learning and well-prepared for their...

read more
How to Make Bouncy Balls

How to Make Bouncy Balls

Looking for a fun and simple science activity that's sure to entertain the kids?! In this quick, five minute experiment, little chemists mix up their own homemade bouncy balls. Making bouncy balls is a hands-down science favorite for kids!  And for more kid-approved...

read more
25 Pre-K Math Centers

25 Pre-K Math Centers

Looking for motivating math centers for your Pre-K classroom? These 25 hands-on, ready to print activities teach shapes, counting to 20, writing numbers, patterns and graphing.

The activities make it so easy to set up math stations! Just print, prep and play.  The easy-to-follow instructions make them perfect for parent volunteers or classroom helpers.

The 25 printable centers give students practice with:

–> 2D Shapes
–> Patterns
–> Sorting
–> Number recognition to 20
–> Number formation
–> Counting to 20
–> Ten frames
–> Graphing
–> Introductory measuring

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Number Rainbows

–> Counting Clip Cards (2 sets)

–> Roll and Color Number Game

–> Number Dominoes

–> Ten Frame Dab

–> Roll and Write 1-9

–> Number 1-20 Puzzles

–> Kids Color Up 1-12 Game

–> Pizza Shop 1-20 Counting Cards

–> Number Bingo for 1-20

–> How Many Long? Linear Measurement Activity

–> Shape Graph

–> Shape Sort

–> I Have, Who Has Shape Game

–> Shape Puzzles

–> Roll and Color Shape Sheet

–> Color Sort

–> Graphing Colors

–> Counting Bear Pattern Cards

–> Farm Pattern Cut and Glue Sheet

–> Popsicle Stick Pattern Cards

 

Bundle with my alphabet and fine motor centers and save!

read more

Hi, I’m Malia.

I LOVE helping Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers save time, stay inspired and give EVERY student bigger results. I’m so glad you’re here!