STEM Bins® / STEAM Bins® - STEM Activities

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The original STEM Bins® and STEAM Bins®



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Click below to see my answers to Frequently Asked Questions about STEM Bins® :


STEM Bins® and STEAM Bins for K-5th Grade are the perfect hands-on, play-based solution for:

  • Early Finishers
  • Morning Work
  • Centers
  • Writing Extensions
  • Fine Motor Practice
  • Makerspace
  • Incentives
  • Calm Down Corner

They are also a creative and developmentally appropriate form of engineering for elementary students!

Listed materials for each STEM Bin are found in most elementary classrooms or can be borrowed from other teachers, and you may choose which materials that you feel are best for your learning environment. Additional STEM engineering tools and photos can be added to the EDITABLE STEM Bin Covers in the separate file. Inexpensive building materials for STEM Bins can be found at Dollar Tree, Walmart, or Target Dollar Spot.

The management of your STEM Bins is completely up to you, as they can be used during multiple times of your day. “Challenge Yourself” cards are provided to take structures to the next level, allowing students to improve and enhance their structures. Upper grade supplements are also provided to allow for more challenging options.

The provided blueprint recording sheets, flipbooks, writing templates, and assessment rubrics are optional and can be either copied for each student or placed in page protectors for students to draw creations with a dry erase marker. Writing Prompt cards are also provided to allow for literacy extensions.


***Separate Files:

  • EDITABLE STEM Bin Covers and task card template
  • STEM Bin poster header and display letters
  • Assessment Rubrics and Checklists
  • STEAM Version of all materials
  • SPANISH & FRENCH Versions of all materials
  • STEM Bins 101 Video Tutorials

Page 3: How to Use

Page 4: Suggested Supplies Checklist

Page 5: Suggested Weekly Routines

Pages 6-7: What Are My Students Learning?

Page 8: Teacher Questions and Prompts

Pages 9-18: 20 STEM Bin Covers with Labels & Photos

Pages 19-22: 24 Lower Grade STEM Bin Task Cards

Pages 23-24: 12 3D Shapes Task Cards

Page 25: “Challenge Yourself” extensions

Page 26: Blueprint Recording Sheet

Pages 27-29: Foldable Recording Booklets (My Creations, My Design Process, My Invention)

Page 30: Writing Prompt Cards

Pages 31-34: Writing Extensions (four line types)

Pages 35-43: 36 Upper Grade Task Cards and Written Response Sheets

Page 44: Credits

Check out my other STEM Bins® supplements at the links below:

Seasonal Task Cards for STEM Bins

STEM Bins Team Builders

Quick Writes for STEM Bins

Calm Down Construction with STEM Bins

STEM Bins Storyboards

iPad Organizers for STEM Bins

Outdoor Discovery STEM Bins

Paperless STEM Bins

STEM Bins Speed Builds

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