At Home Activities

STEM learning is a natural part of many things we do every day, including creating, experimenting and playing. Check out these resources that show kids and families how much fun STEM can be! 

We found quality science and STEM lessons that you can do at home anytime, so you don't have to do the research--just dive in! The activities have instructions and material lists (common household items) for a new hands-on (screen-free) activity that you can do anytime. 
  • Our YouTube page has STEM at Home videos with Northwest Michigan organizations that show interactive experiments and projects. 
  • Check out a STEM Kit from your local library! 
  • Our Families First Monthly column has seasonal STEM activities suggested for different ages that families can do together indoors or outside. 

STEM Kits give all families, youth leaders and teachers free access to quality play-based activities designed to ignite the natural curiosity of children and grow their creative problem-solving abilities. Each kit contains a unique activity and teaches a different STEM skill. There are kits available for all ages and abilities from pre-k to young adult.

The STEM Kits for the libraries are graciously funded by the  LSTA/IMLS Grant (through the Library of Michigan), The Les and Anne Biederman Foundation, Inc., the Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club and the Elk Rapids Rotary Club. 

Newton’s Road, in partnership with the Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is working to ensure that all 20 libraries in our region have STEM Kits to lend (at no charge) to all library patrons. 

Currently STEM Kits are available to check out from the following libraries:

Traverse Area District Library, Main Branch - 150+ kits 

East Bay Branch Library- 20+ Kits

Kingsley Branch Library - 20+ Kits 

Elk Rapids Public Library - 20+ Kits 

Benzonia Public Library - 15+ Kits

Darcy Library of Beulah - 15+ Kits

Peninsula Library - 15+ Kits

Betsie Valley District Library - 15+ Kits

Benzie Shores District Library - 10+ Kits

Interlochen Public Library - 15+ Kits

Glen Lake Library - 10+ Kits

Leland Public Library - 7 Kits

Central Lake District Library - 18 Kits

Sutton Bay Bingham District Library - 20+ Kits

Bellaire Public Library - 10+ Kits 

Leelanua Township Library - 10+ Kits 

 If you would like to help us bring STEM kits to your local library, please email or call our main number to speak to our staff.

TGR Foundation: A Tiger Wood Charity 

Through their award-winning STEM curricula, college-access programs, digital platforms and educator professional development, the TGR Foundation offers underrepresented students in grades 6th through 12th, the resources and support needed to thrive in school and beyond.

Build an Alphabet Block 

Move the Ping Pong Ball 

Design a Trampoline 

Flotation Device

Miniature Amusement Park 

Spin a Marshmallow 


STEAM Powered Family 

STEAM Powered Family started in July 2015 as a way for the founder, Shelley, to continue with her passion for writing, science and children’s mental health. Shelley's site offers creative STEAM activities and resources for students in elementary and middle school. Shelley says, "We have some of the most innovative, creative and outstanding people in the world connecting through this site and it has been such a privilege to witness the dedication to our future generations". 

Christmas Chemistry Experiment

Glow in the Dark Projects 

Craft Stick Launchers

Out of This World Space Activities 


Learn in Color 

Learn in Color is an online educational platform  for elementary aged students, where parents and teachers can find creative and engaging learning materials to teach children topics in history, math, science, geography, and language arts.

Math Scavenger Hunt for Elementary Students  

How to Memorize the Periodic Table of Elements 

7 Secret Spy Codes for Kids 


Go Science Kids

Originally created to promote young girls to experiment and get involved with science,  Go Science Kids is a website that offers various science activities broken down by age and activity! Go Science Kids offers activities for ages ranging from 1-2 year olds to 12 -13 year olds. 

Finding North, a fun hiking game for kids 

How to Make the Best Crystal Snowflakes 

Magnetic Marble Run for the Fridge Door 


Snap Circuits Jr. - age 8+ Build 100+ electronics circuit projects 

Blocks & Marbles - age 5+ Create 100s of unique constructions

KEVA Contraptions 200 planks - ages 7+ Hands-on experience with balance, leverage, geometry and physics

Qwirkle - ages 6+ Many family games across ages using 36 colorful wooden tiles to build tactical & strategic thinking skills 

Ozobot Bit - ages 6+ Simple to advanced coding using patterns made with colored markers

Zoomy 2.0 - ages 4+ Egg-shaped microscope magnifies anything 54x on a computer screen

Botley - ages 5+ Learn to code with screen-free play

Little Bits Coding Kit - ages 8+ Magnetic “Bits” snap together to turn ideas into inventions

Snapino - ages 12+ Introduction to the open source Arduino hardware- software coding environment

Rock, Mineral and Fossil Collection - ages 3+ Find, sort & identify over 250 colorful specimens using identification book and sheet

Makey Makey - ages 8+ Connect everyday objects like bananas to your computer! Mac/PC/Chromebook

Squishy Human Body - ages 8+ Discover how the human body works with realistic model

Q*bitz Game  - ages 8+ Stimulates spatial reasoning & memory skills, 2-4 players

Q*bitz Jr.  - ages 3-8 Pattern matching, spatial reasoning; 1-4 players

Arckit Mini Modern  - ages 10+ Build your own contemporary designer home

Staxis  - ages 6+ Fun way to learn planning, calculated risk-taking, hand-to-eye coordination & spacial awareness.

Pattern Play  - ages 3+ Introduce patterns and spatial & geometric concepts

Dive into Shapes  - ages 3+ Gain a deeper understanding of geometry basics using colorful shape building set

Square Up - age 6+ 2-player visual thinking game that strengthens logic, focus and problem-solving skills

Robot Turtles - age 4+ Board game that teaches basic programming principles

Tumble Trax Marble Run  - ages 5+ Children create daredevil designs with magnetic foam tracks and send plastic marbles through their course


For more STEM Activities for elementary and middle schoolers, check out these websites!






Little Bins for Little Hands