As parents, we want our kids to excel in school and learn as much as they can. However, not all kids learn well with lectures and worksheets. Sometimes you need something a little more enriching to help them understand difficult concepts.
Fall is one of the best times to do some creative Fall STEM Activities with my kids! With school back in session and many hours spent sitting at their desks, this felt like the perfect way to let them do some hands-on learning while still making it fun and interesting!
Fall is my favorite season, so I put out a call to the best kid bloggers on the web to share their favorite Fall STEM Activities. I’ve also included one of our own football (which is a big part of the season for our family) activities that uses our BOSEbuild Speaker Cube!
What is STEM?
You may have heard about STEM or even STEAM learning before, but do you know what it is? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A curriculum or activity that is STEM-based involves educating kids in one or multiple categories of STEM in either an applied or interdisciplinary approach. Rather than teaching these topics as subjects, STEM provides kids with real-life applications of these subjects in a fun and hands-on environment.
50+ Fall STEM Activities
I’ve separated them into 3 Fall-themed categories for easier searching: activities about pumpkins, apples, and leaves. There are also a few extras for even more fun and learning!
Perfect Pumpkin STEM/STEAM Activities
This is a fun activity for the kids to make or a great gift to share.
This is a cute activity that is perfect for hand-eye coordination.
Pumpkin Catapults (Playdough to Plato)
Catapult pumpkins across the room but without making a huge mess! These candy pumpkins are fun catapult objects to launch and you can enjoy a fun treat when you’re all done!
Make a Pumpkin Volcano (There’s Just One Mommy)
Turn this year’s pumpkin into a cool erupting pumpkin with this easy activity!
Pumpkin Discoveries (Share it! Science News)
Make your trip to the pumpkin patch a fun and exciting chance for discovery with this cool activity idea!
Bubble Science with Pumpkins (Preschool Powol Packets)
Combining bubbles and pumpkins might seem impossible but using this cool science experiment, you can have some fun bubble science fun with pumpkins!
Pumpkin Oobleck (Little Bins for Little Hands)
Turn your pumpkin into a fun sensory activity that your kids will love!
Discovering Decomposition with Pumpkin Jack (Share it! Science News)
If you’re looking for an easy science activity to do after Halloween, give this pumpkin decomposition activity at try!
Pumpkin Geoboard (Danya Banya)
Make fun geometric shapes and designs on pumpkins with this fin Pumpkin Geoboard activity!
Dissolving Candy Pumpkins (Lemon Lime Adventures)
Learning about dissolving has never been more fun! Make predictions and test them in this STEM candy activity!
Pumpkin Decomposition Journal (Gift of Curiosity)
If there’s one thing kids love, it’s gross stuff. Give them what they want and help them learn with this pumpkin decomposition tracking journal!
Pumpkin Pulley Simple Machine (Little Bins for Little Hands)
If your kids love hauling rocks or toys, they will love making their very own pumpkin pulley system!
Describe a Pumpkin Using the 5 Senses (Gift of Curiosity)
Teach your kids about their senses and have some fun with pumpkins using this fun activity!
Magic Pumpkin Science (Playdough to Plato)
If you have some leftover Halloween candy, this is the perfect science experiment to do with your kids!
Pumpkin Tracing (Lemon Lime Adventures)
This pumpkin tracing activity is so easy, even your little ones can join in on the STEM fun!
Halloween Fizzing Pumpkin Treasure Rocks (Left Brain Craft Brain)
Your kids will have so much fun with these treasure rocks! It’s such a cool science experiment, and so easy to make.
Play dough Light-up Pumpkin (Science Sparks)
Your kids will love making their very own light-up pumpkins out of play dough with this cool science experiment.
Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn Science Experiment (Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails)
You only need three materials to make this really cool candy corn science experiment! It’s so easy and fun and your kids will love watching the candy corn dissolve in the cups.
Inside a Pumpkin Exploration (ABC Creative Learning)
Your kids will have so much fun exploring the inside of a pumpkin in this cool science exploration activity.
The Smelly Pumpkin Experiment (Fun-A-Day)
If you can get past the smell of rotting pumpkin, your kids will love this fun science experiment using pumpkins!
Exploring Pumpkin Seeds (Teach Preschool)
There are so many ways you can use pumpkin seeds, and this post has so many different ideas to use those pumpkin seeds.
Awesome Apple STEM/STEAM Activities
Apple Volcanoes (The Resourceful Mama)
If you’re looking for a fun exploding science experiment that doesn’t need an entire pumpkin, you’ll love these cool apple volcanoes.
Preschool Apple Patterns (Playground Parkbench)
Sort and match the patterns using this fun preschool apple activity.
Apple Rotting Experiment (Gift of Curiosity)
Use household ingredients to make this fun apple rotting experiment for your kids!
Stacking Apple Game (The Educator’s Spin on it)
If you’re looking for a great hands-on fall activity, your kids will love this cool apple stacking game!
Apple Science Lemon Juice Experiment (Little Bins for Little Hands)
Have you ever wondered why apples turn brown? With this cool science experiment you can find out!
Dissecting an Apple (Gift of Curiosity)
This cool apple activity will teach your kids to grow their own fruit and do a little apple exploration.
Why Do Apples Turn Brown? (Left Brain Craft Brain)
We all know that cut apples quickly turn brown, but have your kids ever wondered why? Conduct an experiment to learn how to stop the change!
Exploring the Inside of an Apple (Buggy & Buddy)
Ever wanted to know what the inside of an apple looks like? This cool science exploration will help your kids find out.
Apple Oxidation Experiment (Raising Lifelong Learners)
You have all the tools at home to make this cool apple oxidation experiment with your kids!
Growing Germs with Apples (Playdough to Plato)
This cool apple experiment is a great way to teach your kids about germs and just how important handwashing can be.
Apple Toothpick Tower Challenge (Preschool Powol Packets)
Use apples and toothpicks to make a fun building challenge that your kids can eat.
Apple Seed Science Experiment (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
This fun apple experiment is a great way to use the seeds from an apple to do a fun science experiment.
Apple Color Mixing Science Experiment (Powerful Mothering)
This cool color mixing experiment uses apple drawings as a base to make fun art with a little science mixed in.
Red Sparkly Apple Slime (Preschool Powol Packets)
Incorporate apples into this cool slime recipe for some science fun that your kids can whip up themselves!
Apple Crystal Science Experiment (Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails)
You can never have enough fun with crystals, and this apple science experiment is no exception!
Apple Bowling Math (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
Make math, counting, and numbers fun with this cool bowling math activity.
Apple Tree Investigation (Inspiration Laboratories)
Apple trees are a great investigation activity that your kids can do to get outdoors and learn about the scientific method.
Learning with Leaves STEM/STEAM Activities
The Hidden Colors in a Leaf (Share it! Science News)
Did you know that leaves have hidden colors? With this cool science experiment, your kids can see all the colors that come from leaves!
Leaf Chromatography – Removing Color from Leaves (Schooling a Monkey)
Have you ever wanted to remove the color from leaves? With this science experiment you can!
Basic Math Skills with Fall Leaves (Views from a Step Stool)
Use leaves to teach your kids basic math skills and make learning math more fun!
Tracing the Veins on a Leaf (Go Science Girls)
This cool art project is a great way for your kids to do a little art, and study leaves at the same time!
Leaves and Exploration of Music (My Mundane and Miraculous Life)
Leaves and music might not seem like they go well together, but with this cool activity, you can mix the two for some STEM fall fun!
Fall Leaf Hunt for Kids (Edventures with Kids)
This scavenger hunt is perfect for the fall months! If your trees are losing their leaves, you need to try this fun fall leaf hunt.
The Art & Science of Leaf Rubbing (Edventures with Kids)
This easy leaf rubbing activity is a fun mix of art and science so you can learn about leaf tracing and art.
Leaf Matching Activity (School Time Snippets)
This is a great fall activity to get your kids outside and learning!
Exploring How Water Travels Through Leaves (Buggy & Buddy)
Ever wonder how leaves hold water? You can explore how water travels through leaves with this cool science experiment.
Observing Autumn Leaves (Preschool Toolkit)
You don’t need to go outside to give this cool STEM activity a try!
Preschool Physical Science: Leaf Pounding (Carrots are Orange)
Leaf pounding is a fun science activity for your kids to do to learn more about science and leaves!
Explore Gravity with Falling Leaf Art & Science (Fantastic Fun & Learning)
Gather up some of your favorite fall items such as pinecones or leaves and explore gravity with this cool activity.
Number Themed Leaf Scavenger Hunt (The Educator’s Spin on It)
Use numbers to make this cool leaf scavenger hunt for your kids! It’s a great way for them to practice number recognition, and help them learn counting and number order.
More Fall Learning Fun
This is a great activity that the kids will be able to do on their own!
Let the kids see that they can create something fun and delicious!
Sprouting Indian Corn (Gift of Curiosity)
This indian corn activity is so easy to do, and it can help teach your kids about growing vegetables!
Fall Preschool Songs & Literacy Circle Time Activities (Growing Book by Book)
Use songs to help teach your kids about literature in these fun songs and circle time activities.
Why is STEM important?
Science, technology, engineering, and math can be difficult concepts to teach in a traditional classroom environment. It’s much easier to learn about these topics visually than read about them in a textbook.
Here are some examples:
- Science: It’s far easier to show kids how germs are spread through a science experiment where they can see and play, than it is to describe germ particles with words.
- Technology: It’s easier for kids to understand how a potato can become a battery and how alternative energy sources work by creating one themselves.
- Engineering: Your kids can learn about building and how to make their own creations by building a solar paper house themselves rather than read about solar homes in a book.
- Math: Doing a fun hands-on math project can make concepts such as addition or subtraction visual.
Football Fight Songs and the Science of Sound:
I’m a huge football fan, so of course I’m teaching my kids how to properly cheer on our team! What better way to do that then by singing our school songs on our BOSEBuild Speaker Cube? Studies show that singing stimulates the brain and helps kids retain information better, so it has long-term benefits too!
Adding to the learning experience, the BOSEBuild Speaker Cube is a Build-it-yourself STEM toy that allows kids to SEE the science behind the music they love by building their own bluetooth speaker.
Instead of simply listing instructions to construct the speaker, the accompanying mobile app has a series of fun challenges for kids to complete along the way.
My daughter squealed with excitement as she learned how magnets repel from each other, and delighted in demonstrating the “jumping” magnets to her younger sister. She then learned how magnets help create sound.
A bluetooth speaker, like much of our amazing 21st century technology, is an abstract concept for kids. However, the BOSEBuild Speaker Cube allows kids to literally look inside to see the basics of how it works.
As you can see, it’s a big hit!
The best part is that kids get to customize their speaker with an almost infinite combination of colors and designs! My daughter finally settled on purple with polka dots, but she can change it up any time she wants with the BOSEBuild app and accompanying snap-on silhouette cards.
The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is now available to order at https://build.bose.com/ for $149 (suggested age is 8+).
Do you have any favorite Fall activities that encourage your kids to explore the world around them? Share in the comments below or on social media!