How To Put Together Inexpensive STEM Ideas for Kids STEM Activities

Can you really do STEM cheap? Someone always asked me if it’s really possible because STEM is often associated with expensive items like software, robots, and computers! We know how to put together inexpensive STEM ideas everyone will love and benefit from. Whether you want to make tinker trays, put together STEM challenges, or try out cool science experiments, we have lots of ideas.

HOW TO PUT TOGETHER INEXPENSIVE STEM IDEAS

Learning how to put together inexpensive STEM ideas is a wonderful way to encourage learning opportunities that include science, technology, engineering, and math. All kids should have a chance to try STEM challenges, Science Experiments, and Tinker Trays.

Sounds pretty expensive, doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be. We have been collecting materials for some time on different trips to dollar stores, hardware stores, and even our recycling bin. Inexpensive STEM ideas are awesome and right at your fingertips.

FINDING INEXPENSIVE STEM SUPPLIES

We love to build structures and try out different simple STEM challenges. There are so many places to find supplies like the dollar stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, and even your junk drawers and tool boxes. In fact, if you open up your own cupboards and drawers, you would be surprised at what you already have collected.

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The recycling bin is a great option too. To start, get a large container and start saving neat things. Check out the handy list below or click here to see our dollar store engineering kit!

Keep adding to your new bin and soon you will have an AMAZIN go-to STEM materials collection to choose from for your next challenge or project.

Dollar Store Engineering Kit for Kids STEM Activities Tinkering Tray

HOW TO MAKE INEXPENSIVE TINKER TRAYS

I have enjoyed making some themed tinker trays this year. You can make them for each season and holiday. Each of our trays also features a set of FREE printable STEM challenge cards that you can print and even laminate to save from year to year.

I also like to keep a small tinker kit/tray/box on hand for everyday use. Our scissors, paper, markers, fasteners, and recycling bin collection are always available as a compliment to our trays.

Let creativity and curiosity spark at a moments notice when you keep supplies at the ready for your little inventor. Take a look at the theme tinker trays and baskets below. See the latest FREE printable cards just below and click on the picture.

WINTER TINKER KIT

CHRISTMAS TINKER KIT

VALENTINES DAY TINKER TRAY

LEPRECHAUN TRAP TINKER KIT

EASTER TINKER BASKET

HALLOWEEN TINKER KIT

 

IDEAS FOR INEXPENSIVE STEM ACTIVITIES

Simple and cheap STEM ideas make learning fun and easy for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Learning how to put together inexpensive STEM ideas means thinking outside the box!

Fancy supplies aren’t always necessary when introducing young kids to STEM. Keep it simple! Some of the best STEM challenges and science experiments use what you already have.

>>>CLICK HERE to get your FREE Quick STEM Activities Pack

If you click on the link above or the picture below, you will have the opportunity to download a FREE pack featuring several of our most popular STEM challenges complete with materials and journal pages. FREE means frugal all the way!

 CHEAP STEM CHALLENGES AND EXPERIMENTS FOR KIDS

Click on photos or use the blue links for details. Here are a bunch of awesome and cheap STEM activities you can try right away!

PAPR BAG STEM CHALLENGES

Create a set of paper bag STEM challenges to have ready for any time learning.

STEM ARCHITECTURE

Print out our free house design activities and build your own creation.

STEM THAT GOES

Design and engineer a rubber band car to go with your favorite book!

SCREEN-FREE STEM

Take a part an old computer {with adult supervision}

Craft your own screen free coding game to learn about algorithms.

Or print out this free algorithm coding game board.

ENGINEERING WITH STEM

Build a winch to explore simple machines.

Candy and toothpicks make a perfectly easy and fun STEM activity for kids with building structures!

NATURE AND STEM

Set up a one square foot STEM project for any season.

SUPPLY LISTS FOR INEXPENSIVE STEM IDEAS

I have made a simple supply list below. They are by no means comprehensive but rather a sampling of supplies we currently have on hand. I like to check out the dollar stores with the change of the seasons and holidays to find new items or replenish highly used items.

Store your items in clear plastic totes. You can put seasonal items back into zip-top bags to reuse next year.

  • pipe cleaners
  • straws
  • toothpicks
  • play dough
  • craft sticks
  • craft tape
  • painters tape
  • LEGO
  • wooden blocks
  • marshmallows or other soft candy
  • rubberbands
  • paper clips
  • nuts, bolts, washers
  • pulley and rope (laundry version from the hardware store is perfect and frugal)
  • plastic cups in different sizes
  • cans and plastic bottles
  • cardboard boxes of all sizes
  • foam trays
  • toilet paper and paper towel rolls
  • k cups
  • packaging materials
  • CDs
  • egg cartons
  • milk cartons
  • baster
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • trays
  • squeeze bottles
  • glue and tape
  • drawing utensils
  • paper
  • hole punch
  • level
  • simple tools
  • protective eyewear

 

COLORFUL INEXPENSIVE STEM IDEAS FOR KIDS

STEM on a budget for cheap STEM activities

 

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