Let's face it. This is not how you expected to spend St. Patrick's Day. You're probably used to celebrations either large or small, raucous or not. But there are other fun things to do with your family on St. Patrick's Day. STEM! For those of you not familiar, that's science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM introduces learners to cause and effect, the scientific method, sorting and classifying, and spacial awareness. Just to name a few skills. So I've scoured the internet for fun activities filled with rainbows, leprechauns, and maybe a little luck that you can do with the kiddos.
Colorful Rainbow Density Jar Experiment
Kids will discover the varying densities of different liquids using household materials. Be forewarned, this one will get messy.
All the science behind the experiment is available on the website.
Make a Milk Rainbow
This is an easy and colorful way to demonstrate surface tension. The instructions include lots of great questions to get your child thinking critically. The materials include milk, food coloring, liquid dish soap or detergent, a plate, cotton swabs, and paper towels. How easy is that! There's plenty of science behind the experiment for you and your child to read together.
Build a LEGO Leprechaun Trap
LEGOs are the perfect toys for budding engineers and leprechaun traps allow kids to really get creative and showcase their problem solving skills. So break out those LEGOs! You know you have some.
Fizzy Rainbow Science for Preschoolers
Who doesn't love mixing baking soda and vinegar? This chemical reaction is always fun to watch and so easy that toddlers can do it. Add some drops of food coloring and you have a fizzy rainbow for St. Patrick's Day!