Investigate the concepts of force and motion with fun and engaging hands-on STEAM activities for kids.
Opportunities for hands-on experimenting with various materials allows children to learn and extend their knowledge of Scientific concepts by integrating with other subjects.
These STEAM activities are great extensions to further understand the concepts of force and motion.
With STEAM activities the final product of the activity is not as important as the process. Give children time to explore and experiment with the different types of force.
Let’s investigate force & motion.
What is force?
Force is the energy it takes to do work.
For example, if you push or pull an object, it takes energy to make the object move.
What is motion?
Motion is the change of position of an object because of the force that is applied.
Push – A force to move something away.
Pull – A force to move something closer to you.
Gravity – A force that attracts objects towards each other.
Magnetism – A force that pulls metal towards a magnet.
Push & Pull Painting
Explore the force of push and pull as you try to move paint to create a unique abstract work of art.
- White Cardstock Paper
- Small size cardboard rectangles
Tape your paper to your tray.
Dip your cardboard rectangle into the paint.
Push and pull the cardboard on your canvas to create a unique design. Experiment with different sizes of cardboard.
Repeat with other colors until you’re satisfied with your design.
Gravity is what keeps people and objects on the ground and causes objects to fall toward the Earth. Experiment with how to use the Earth’s gravitational pull to direct the paint on your canvas.
- White Foam board or Cardboard
- Liquid Watercolors
- Pipette or Eyedropper
- Drop cloth
1. Prep your workspace with a drop cloth. Prop your board against a table or easel.
2. Use a pipette or eyedropper to drip the paint at the top of your board.
What happens to the paint?
3. Experiment manipulating the drips by turning the board as the drips run down.
What happens to the paint if you turn the board?
Explore magnetic force with this fun hands-on painting STEAM activity for kids.
- Small metal objects
- Cardstock Paper
- Washable Paint
1. Tape your piece of white paper to the cookie sheet.
2. Place your small metal objects on the white paper and place the magnet on the underneath side of the cookie sheet. Experiment with moving the metal objects around the paper with the magnet.
3. Place a small squirt paint on the paper and use the magnet to move the objects through and around the paint. Try moving the objects fast, slow, across the page or in circles.
STEAM activities for kids don’t have to be complicated. With a few simple materials, you can start investigating your favorite ways to create force!
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This post is part of the 28 Days of STEM Activities hosted by Left Brain Craft Brain.