4-H STEAM resources for parents and teachers:
Looking for easy ways to get your kids interested in science? These various websites provide activities and lessons for fun, hands-on STEAM activities for kids of all ages to do anywhere! These hands-on activities are designed to instill curiosity and critical thinking, helping kids develop skills to be successful in life. They are also fun, and easy to do!
STEM Activity Websites:
Science Activities for Young Minds – 4-H Michigan State Extension
10 Fun Science Activities Kids can do at Home
Colorado Model Railroad Museum – Great STEM videos on Energy, Sound, Magnetism, Paleontology & more!
Watch Bill Nye the Science Guy. You can even do experiments along with him!
The Concord Consortium
Age of Learning
CSU Extension– There are resources in the archived ST[EMpower] newsletters.
Great resource from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including a few rocket activities that may look familiar.
Great homemade play dough recipes!
Growing Up Bilingual
“You be the chemist”: Facilitator activity guides and student worksheets:
You Be The Chemist Challenge® is a collaborative, multilevel academic competition that celebrates the science of chemistry and elevates STEM careers. There are 8 chemistry based facilitator activities guides- each containing various activities and student worksheets.
States of Matter
Student Worksheets: Melting Ice with Salt, Moving Molecule Stomp, Solid And Liquid, The Air Around You.
Life Earth Sciences
Student Worksheets: Blubber In Sea Animals, Capillary Carnations, Dew Drops, Hold The Salt, Iron In Cereal.
Properties of Matter- Density
Student Worksheets: Buoyant Butter, Dancing Raisins, Density Totem, Liquid Rainbow
Properties of Matter- Solubility
Student Worksheets: Crystal Art, Fountain Of Soda Pop, T-Shirt Tie-dye, Wacky Waxy Watercolors.
Chemical Reactions- The Basics
Student Worksheets: Brown Bananas, Cleaning Pennies, Lumpy Liquids, Rusty Wool.
Chemical Reactions- Acids & Bases
Student Worksheets: Egg Dye Solutions, Exploding Bags, Rubber Eggs.
Chemical Reactions– Rxns Rates and Catalysts
Student Worksheets: Ageless Apples, Elephant Toothpaste, Seltzer Rxn rates.
Forces & Interactions
Student Worksheets: Antigravity Water, Balloon Rockets, Grasping for Air, Magnetic Metals, Puffed Rice Fleas.
4-H After-school Agriculture
Download hands-on activity ideas to promote agricultural literacy among youth during out-of-school time while developing their understanding, appreciation, and application of science.
Recipes, activities, training slideshows, and crafts about popcorn and agriculture. Available in Thai, Mandarin, and Spanish.
Farm Food 360
360-degree virtual tours and fact sheets from Canadian farm operations and food processing plants.
Big Green at Home
Follow the link to sign up for a weekly email of age-appropriate activity bundles, live demonstrations, tutorials, and video lessons.
Robust, comprehensive, interactive career resource to explore the broad range of careers in the agriculture industry.
4-H Virtual Farm
Visit 4-H Virtual Farm and discover why farming is a part of your life even if you have never lived on a farm, never seen crops grow, or never touched a cow.
UGA Extension – Gardening and STEM resources, recipes, lessons and activities divided up by age group.
Lesson and Activity Plans >> Videos to Accompany Lessons/Activities
Build a “Learn By Doing” Garden
Native Plants – Learn about native plants with this “on the ground” video series from Kentucky 4-H agent!
Grow and Give – Learn to grow food and donate extra locally. CSU Extension & Master Gardeners are here to help every step of the way. Resources are added weekly and will change with the season.
Animal U – Interactive animal science learning, about Swine, Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Goats, Poultry, Rabbit, All Species and Careers
Virtual Showmanship Clinics Join North Dakota Extension for a series of virtual showmanship clinics
Vet Science Game
Dog Training Video Series – Tons of How To Dog Training videos for different tricks and behaviors! (from Missouri Extension)
Dog Ownership 101 Brochures and Fliers
General Tips and Info
AKC Virtual Patch Program
Make Your Own Dog Treats
Make Your Own Pet Bed
Puppy Bathing 101
STEM Agility Course
4-H Healthy Living Activities and Ideas
Milk Street Cooking School: Online Classes
Explore courses that introduce you to new cooking techniques, recipe types, cooking theory, and science.
Getting Children Involved in Meal Preparation
Learn to Enjoy Vegetables with a Fun Family Activity
Teach Kids How to Hand Sew – Step-by-step guide to teach kids to hand sew in a safe and easy way!
Teaching Kids to Sew – Lots of great sewing and fabric crafting lesson plans for kids!
Make Your Own Cactus Pin Cushion
Make Your Own Pet Bed
Step-by-step guide with pictures and videos to help teach kids and adults how to knit!
Learn now to finger knit! This website has a lot of different finger knitting projects for kids that are easy and fun!
4-H Virtual Forest
Project WET: Water Education Today
Interactive website and games to explore the role of water in our lives.
The Greenway Foundation: Just For Kids!
Activities, experiments, and crafts for safe outside play and exploration along Denver’s South Platte River.
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): At-home Science Activities
NOAA’s most popular educational resources to help you safely hunker down while learning about the ocean and atmosphere.
Record Book Tips
M.A.T. (Muzzle, Action, Trigger)
Archery (At the Range)
Archery (Release Practice String)
Accuracy and Precision (STEM Activity)
Coding is the act of writing instructions for a computer to make the computer perform different tasks. Coding helps teach kids to develop problem solving skills, perseverance, trial and error and understanding of cause and effect, analytical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as math and language skills. It also challenges children to think creatively and to pursue innovative ideas and solutions.
Here are several games, websites, and activities that help teach kids how to code using various computer languages. Enjoy and happy coding!
Google for Education
This site has a lot of hands-on curriculum. Students learn through video-based activities, with different themes like sports, art, and game design. https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/s/en/home
Code.Org is a well known site for teaching sciences and computer science. Kids in fifth grade to middle school can enjoy the interactive one-on-one tutorials that advance and progress. Kids also can learn to code in whatever computer language they wish. https://code.org/
Developed at MIT for kids aged 8-16 years, this is a wonderful website where they can learn how to build practically anything they can think of. The website was created as an online community to help young kids become programmers through easy activity packs and a great support system. https://scratch.mit.edu/
Khan Academy offers interactive “talk throughs” and challenges that teach kids how to code for free. It is more suitable for kids in the elementary levels as the lessons could be detailed and a little technical for preschoolers.
This is a great site for all ages who love playing online games and want to learn how to code in the process. The games are interactive and to control actions of players, the kids have to write lines of code. The difficulty rises as kids advance in stages. https://codecombat.com/
As the name suggests, this website teaches programming using a series of puzzles and blocks. Kids solve puzzles through drag and drop to create a story that ultimately solves a certain problem. They then get to see the results of their work in action. https://blockly.games/
Tynker allows kids to learn at their own pace. There are tons of easy lessons and tutorials, teaching kids to make practically anything they want including applications, web apps, games or website pages. The website is free to use but there is a subscription if kids want to advance to the expertise level. https://www.tynker.com/
Using everyday and familiar emojis- kids learn at their own pace with easy to follow and interactive lessons. https://www.codemoji.com/
This free site for upper elementary kids and older lets kids to improve their coding skills by exploring game play and creation. Youth practice by solving puzzles, competing in coding battles, contributing to multi-player games, and learning to code in various languages. https://www.codingame.com/start
CodeMonkey lets kids practice coding by solving a variety of progressively harder and more challenging puzzles. Each new level includes new codes and new functions to learn. CodeMonkey offers a free 30 day trial.
Mozilla created this site which allows kids to learn interactive programming through a platform where they can code directly and observe what the output of their coding becomes. It lets kids create their own online web pages while still learning more detailed programming.
Created for older kids in high school, this site provides a space where coding competitions can take place through real challengers online.
Educational games, videos and activities (ages 3-8) https://pbskids.org/
Responsible Dog Ownership Coloring Book http://images.akc.org/pdf/public_education/coloring_book.pdf
LIVE Makin’ Music Classes – Makin’ Music Carolina is offering free music classes for families with young children. Also learn how to make fun instruments out of household materials.
DC 4-H Videos
Dance A Way to Improve Fitness
Go Noodle GoNoodle engages kids with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
Dancing with Miss. Melodee Do an at-home dance class. Miss Melodee invites children to engage in dramatic and symbolic play promoting cognitive development through song and dance.
Cosmic Kids Yoga All kinds of yoga-for-kids videos. It’s not just for kids, either; you can all do yoga together as a family!
YMCA 360: Introductory fitness classes and technique videos. Videos and guides for all ages, sports, and activities.
Cleo Parker Dance – Ongoing series of pick-your-price virtual dance classes and movement activities, serving all ages and levels of ability.
Theatre Activities for Kids:
How Stuff Works: Theatre – Hands-on and instructional activities to help kids write, design, and create their own plays.
Space School Musical from NASA
Scholastics: Writing Tips for Kids – Activities to help get those creative juices flowing! Writing activities for kids!
Mask Making – Mask ideas for your next play!
Puppet Making – Learn to make different types of finger and hand puppets!
LIVE Sing & Dance with Mr. Jon & Friends – Mr. Jon & Friends is a group that writes and performs music just for kids! They are hosting weekday live streams and fun videos each day. These virtual events are all about fun, music, and laughter.
Zoo, Museum, and Park Tours and Webcams:
Monterey Bay Aquarium
San Diego Zoo
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
Boston Children’s Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The National Gallery, London
Yellowstone National Park – Virtually visit the Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more with a digital field trip to Yellowstone.
Explore.org – Several live webcams featuring variety of animals and nature. Such as Puppies, African Wildlife, Bears, Oceans and so much more!
Free books, music and activities:
Scholastic Learn At Home – Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing! Great resource for reading and fun!
Free Subscriptions – List of education companies/websites offering free subscriptions due to school closures
Spelling – Resources for parents and kids.
5 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged and Learning at Home
Virtual & At-Home Learning
4-H At-Home Activity Guide
How to support your child’s learning during COVID-19
Support Your Child’s Learning and Keep them Engaged