STEM Activities and Challenges | STEM Center

Simply STEAM
Grade Levels
K - 2nd, Homeschool
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61 pages
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Your kids will remember you for a fun resource like this! These engaging STEM boxes are loaded with activities that will get your kids thinking creatively. Now you can design your own STEM challenge.

This resource includes:

  • Table of Contents (digital ToC)
  • Common Q&A
  • Standards
  • Shopping List
  • Instructions/Tips for Printing
  • 12 STEM Box Labels (cover and inserts)
  • 12 STEAM Box Labels (cover and inserts)
  • 4 STEM Box Writing Papers
  • Editable STEM/STEAM Labels
  • Editable STEM/STEAM flipbook

STEM Task Card themes include:

  • Recess equipment (6 challenges)
  • City structures (6 challenges)
  • Locomotives (6 challenges)
  • Insects (6 challenges)
  • School furniture (6 challenges)

These STEM task cards are unlike any other. They include STEM challenge ideas and a QR code linked to related articles so kids can build background knowledge or explore their curiosity.

STEM Task Cards Include:

  • Title
  • Picture
  • STEM/STEAM suggestions
  • A short snippet about the related article
  • QR Code

While these STEM task cards have STEM ideas on them, they are meant to be open-ended cards. You can use them for inspiration for pretty much anything. You can also use them with any STEM/STEAM box.

Use the STEM Boxes for:

  • Early finishers
  • Literacy Centers
  • Math Centers
  • Choice Time
  • Brain Breaks

Please note that you will not be receiving a 5E lesson plan like in my other STEM activities. These are intended to be short activities (no more than 30 minutes) and are based on student inquiry.

STEM/STEAM Box Labels Include:

  • Building Blocks
  • Small Cups
  • Hashtag Pieces
  • Snap Cubes
  • Dought and Toothpicks
  • Straws and Pipe Cleaner
  • Craft Sticks and Clothespins
  • Wooden Blocks
  • Place Value Blocks
  • Tangram Pieces
  • Index Cards and Binder Clips
  • Flake Pieces
  • Magnetic Pieces
  • Editable Labels

These make the perfect addition for:

You may also be interested in:

K-2 STEM Bundle

Alphabet STEM Challenges

STEM Journal for ANY Challenge


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Total Pages
61 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.


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