Ready to do some hands-on STEAM activities, often inspired by children’s books? You’ve come to the right place.

From the Growing With Science Website:

Below is a list of the STEAM experiment or activity blog posts, organized by topic.


STEAM Activities for Pi Day and International Day of Mathematics (many links to resources)

Preschool STEM Learning Centers:


Classification of Living Things (with activities)

Mycology (Fungi)

A Fungus Among Us

  1. Making a spore print

Exploring yeast

  1. Characteristics
  2. Decomposition Experiment

Investigating a historical event with molasses and yeast




Plant Science Unit Lessons:

Preface: inspired by the Seed to Seed book

Older experiments:

Growing plants indoors


  1. Make an algal collection
  2. Investigate food chains
  3. Investigate how humans use algae for food
  4. Algae produce oils that can be used for biofuel

Mosses, Ferns, Liverworts and Horsetails: Science Activities

  1. Identification
  2. Searching for Spores
  3. Moss habitats


Trees -botany

More tree science

  1. Tree Transpiration
  2. How far does the water have to travel from roots to top of the tree?

Experiments with Tree Leaves:

Leaf litter decomposition

Tree leaf age

Putting the leaves back on the trees- leaf identification

Fall leaf color chromatography

Saguaro Cactus Activities

  1. Why Spines?
  2. Waxy Coating

General Zoology (Animals)

Goats and Sheep

  1. Fainting goats

Frog and Toads (2017)

  1. External anatomy
  2. Life Stages
  3. Toad house

Frogs and Toads

  1. Identification
  2. Frog songs
  3. Eat or be eaten

Ornithology (Birds)

Observing Backyard Birds

Bird Counts – trends

Bird Migrations

Shore Birds

Build a human-sized bird nest

Birds of the rainforest

  • bird beaks
  • feeding
  • drinking
  • make a bird craft
  • where rainforest birds live

Ocean and Shore Animals

Learn about Steller Sea Lions

Investigate an animal (sea slug) that can make its own food

Sea Horses and Other Fish

  1. fish anatomy
  2. moving through water

Science with Pets

Science with your pet mice

  1. Identification/Classification of Rodents
  2. Food/Nutrition
  3. Making Houses and Toys
  4. Animal Behavior
  5. Mouse Development

Do cats have cold feet?

Hands-on fun with guinea pigs


Arthropods (Insects and Their Relatives)


Experiments with Isopods -  pillbugs or rolypolies)

Entomology (Insects)

Insects and Their Relatives Part 1

  1. anatomy of various arthopod groups

Insects and Their Relatives Part 2.

Characteristics of the five most common orders:

  1. Coleoptera
  2. Lepidoptera
  3. Diptera
  4. Hymenoptera
  5. Hemiptera

Insect Science Investigations

Insect Science Investigations
Lessons in this series:

Other lessons:

Honey Bees

  1. Gardening for bees
  2. Honey bees and water
  3. Honey bee communication and dances
  4. Bee nests

More about honey and honey bees

  • swarming
  • honey
  • how honey bees keep warm

Make an Insect STEAM Activity: Bees

Where do insects go in the winter?


  1. Ant anatomy
  2. Ant pheromones
  1. Ant life cycles and ant nests (at Wild About Ants)

Butterfly Science Activities

  • Butterfly anatomy
  • Butterfly metamorphosis
  • Raising butterflies
  • Making a butterfly craft
  • Butterfly gardening

Butterfly Gardening with Children Week:

Crickets singing

Dragonflies and Damselflies


Insect life stages (nymphs, larvae and pupae)

Human Biology

Experiments with the senses of taste and smell

Human Body and Cells

  1. Model cell
  2. Cheek cell under microscope


Extract DNA from Strawberries and Bananas


What is in seawater

Smart Materials

  1. Shape-memory alloys
  2. Shape memory polymers
  3. UV beads

General Chemistry Projects

  1. Density
  2. A Density Column
  3. Elephant’s toothpaste
  4. Acids and Bases
  5. Using chemicals to make light

Glowing Chemistry

  1. Glowing under ultraviolet light
  2. Light sticks
  3. Day-Glo

Chemistry Week:

Some older Chemistry Links



Three basic astronomy activities – good place to start

Activities having to do with hunting for planets outside the solar system.

  1. Make a rainbow
  2. Activity:  Make your own spectrometer from a cereal box.
  3. The Doppler Effect

Experiments With Water

Exploring the Water Cycle

Water Can Be… Activities to accompany the picture book

Experiments with ice

  1. Ice spikes
  2. Ice cube rescues
  3. Freezing and thawing water
  4. Floating and sinking
  5. dry ice

Wondrous Water

Water Density and Temperature

Boats and Floating

General Physics

Earth Science


Sand Experiments

  1. Test sand samples with a magnet
  2. Make sand


Meteorology – Weather


Experiments with movement of floating trash