Participating in the STEAM Power Camp series this year has given me a new found appreciation for the marriage of science and art. As you know, I have a special appreciation for math art, but I haven't always thought of science and art in that way. Well, no more! The artistic beauty of science is all around us so let's share it with out kids and inspire them to think outside of the scientific box.
There are a few bloggers which excel at sharing science art projects. I've listed them below and given you a sampling of their ideas to get you drooling and to convince you to hop over to their sites to discover all the inventive and imaginative ideas they have to help you raise curious kids. Looking back on my last seven years, I find I do have a few science art ideas of my own to share with you. Apparently I haven't been neglecting this cross-disciplinary approach as much as I thought!
Here are some of our projects:
BONUS: everything is super easy.
- How are rainbows made? Sprinkle joy and magic around your living space by building and designing a prism mobile.
- Create a magnetic building block play set out of your recyclables. Use it to design and build robots, sculptures or anything else you can imagine.
- Harness magnetic force to paint! Yes, you can paint with magnets.
- Learn about how our eyes perceive movement and experience "persistence of vision" with a diy thaumatrope.
- Use the power of gravity to make marble paintings.
- Spinning and movement create awesome art you can use for cards, bunting, wrapping paper and more. You just need one household item to make spin art.
- Harness the power of weather and learn about reactions with salt when painting with watercolors.
- You can also experiment with salt and watercolors on sticky paper and make prints.
- Heat can change art materials to create something new! Try it with melting crayon art.
- Make paper airplanes! Sounds basic, but there are a lot of skills hard at work. It's the perfect STEM playdate and kids can decorate their planes or design their own.
- Design and engineer a paper boomerang.
- Use color and scent to design your own milk carton candle.
- Making play dough is the perfect STEAM activity for preschoolers!
Babble Dabble Do:
You will find an amazing number of projects that combine science and art at BBD. This is only a small taste of what she has over there. You must go check out her blog.
- Make salt pendulum paintings.
- Craft ships out of Sculpey clay and experiment to see what floats best. What I love about this project is that even toddlers and preschoolers can do it.
- Remember Wooly Willy? Play around with artsy DIY heavy metal magnet boxes.
The creative genius behind TinkerLab will inspire you to be free and flexible when getting creative with kids. I love that so many of her ideas are easy and I adore her sketchbook challenges which are useful for kids and grown-ups alike.
- Learn about film making technology by trying your hand at making a simple stop motion animation video. There are even free apps to use.
- Can your kids keep from eating the materials for this sugar cube sculpture?
- Grow your own geodes to learn about the scientific method and chemical reactions.
Pink Stripey Socks:
PSS is another one of my I-always-read-this blogs. Her ideas are usually simple and always beautiful.
- Raid your craft closets to make these colorful magnetic sculptures.
- Explore art materials like a scientist! What a fun way to encourage artists to apply scientific principals to their work.
- Engineering is required to make these Alexander Calder inspired paper sculptures.
Buggy and Buddy:
Chelsea is a teacher and that comes through loud and clear. All of her projects have a lesson built in and those of you looking for themed projects will find a lot to inspire you.
- Explore the beauty of chromotography with this butterfly craft.
- Discover the science of color mixing with this color array mixing project.
- Practice engineering and design skills by building Hexbug mazes and structures.
Left Brain Craft Brain
The name says it all, right? Merge the artsy and the analytical with some awesome ideas.
- This modern art steady hand game is way cooler than Operation.
- Make mandalas with computer parts.
- Whirly twirly flying birds are a fantastic last minute boredom buster!
Well, I can tell you I will be searching out more ways to combine science and art with my kids. Why? They are not generally drawn to arty and crafty activities but they love science so it's my perfect "in."
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