How about some great STEAM activities to get in the Thanksgiving spirit? I have found some fabulous crafts that your children would love! These particular craft ideas are from one of my go-to internet resources, Little Bins for Little Hands.
Take a look at some of these cool crafts that you and your kids can do using everyday supplies like coffee filters and salt.
- Coffee Filter Turkeys – These are so cute and easy! All you need are some coffee filters, washable markers, wooden clothespins, craft foam and a few other things you probably have already. You just flatten out the filter and have the kids apply several colors of washable markers in various patterns. Spritz the filters with water and watch the magic!
- Pumpkin Volcano – This one is a little messy, but oh so cool! You will need a small baking pumpkin, baking soda, vinegar, food coloring and dish soap. Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin and clean out the guts. The kids can then put in some baking soda and a squirt of dish soap. Put the vinegar into a measuring cup with a spout and add a few drops of food coloring and slowly pour into the pumpkin. Now watch the fun as the pumpkin volcano erupts!
- Pumpkin Slime – You will need a small baking pumpkin, liquid starch, clear PVA washable school glue and some water. Cut the top off the pumpkin and make room inside the pumpkin by loosening up all the seeds and guts. The idea is to incorporate the insides with the slime! Mix up the starch, glue and water inside the pumpkin and moosh it around with your hands. Messy but fun!
- Salt Crystal Leaves – You just need salt, construction paper, scissors, a pot and a plate or cookie tray. While the kids are cutting out leaf shapes from the construction paper, boil a cup of water with enough salt to oversaturate the mixture. Lay the leaves on a plate or tray and put them in a place where they won’t be disturbed. Now pour the salt solution over the leaves and let them sit until the water evaporates. Check for crystal growth and enjoy!
What I love about this site is that she always has videos and scientific explanations for all the activities. There are more ideas on this site. Click here to view.
– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!