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Happy Father’s Day: Here’s 4 STEAM Activities to do with Dad!

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Father’s Day is a special occasion to honor and celebrate the bond between children and their dads. Why not make Father’s Day even more memorable this year by engaging in exciting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities together? These activities not only provide quality time but also offer valuable learning experiences for children.

Here are 4 STEAM activities that young children can enjoy with their dads, the tools and materials needed, and the educational benefits for children.



Build a DIY Solar-Powered Car: Activity: Design and construct a solar-powered car using recycled materials.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard or foam board
  • Solar panel
  • Small electric motor
  • Wheels
  • Craft supplies (glue, tape, markers, etc.)

Educational Benefits:

  • Science: Learn about solar energy and its conversion into mechanical energy.
  • Engineering: Develop problem-solving skills while building and refining the car’s design.
  • Math: Apply mathematical concepts such as measurement and proportions during construction.
  • Creativity: Encourage artistic expression through the customization of the car’s appearance.



Explore Nature with a Bug Hunt: Activity: Embark on a bug hunt adventure to discover and observe insects in their natural habitat.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Magnifying glass
  • Bug-catching tools (jar, net, or tweezers)
  • Notebook and pencils for recording observations

Educational Benefits:

  • Science: Learn about insect characteristics, habitats, and life cycles.
  • Observation Skills: Develop keen observation skills and attention to detail.
  • Critical Thinking: Encourage children to ask questions, make predictions, and draw conclusions based on their observations.
  • Appreciation for Nature: Foster a sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world.



Construct a Marshmallow Tower: Activity: Build a tower using marshmallows and toothpicks.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Marshmallows (mini or regular-sized)
  • Toothpicks

Educational Benefits:

  • Engineering: Encourage problem-solving and critical thinking skills while designing and constructing a stable tower.
  • Math: Explore balance, stability, and geometry while building the structure.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Improve hand-eye coordination and manipulation skills while assembling the tower.
  • Teamwork: Promote collaboration, communication, and cooperation between children and their dads.



Conduct a Sink or Float Experiment: Activity: Explore the concept of buoyancy by testing different objects’ ability to sink or float.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Various objects (e.g., toys, fruits, household items)
  • A large container filled with water

Educational Benefits:

  • Science: Learn about the properties of objects and how they interact with water.
  • Critical Thinking: Encourage children to make predictions, observe, and draw conclusions based on the results.
  • Vocabulary Development: Introduce and reinforce scientific vocabulary related to buoyancy and density.
  • Hands-on Learning: Engage in a hands-on experiment that promotes curiosity and active learning.


Happy Father’s Day!

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