We definitely put the “T” in STEAM at our house. Tech is our jam! Find more than 45 computer science, coding, and technology activities for kids with a round-up of some of our favorite tech activities that are sure to teach computational thinking, basic coding skills, and more!
On Thursdays this summer, we are going to explore all things computer science, coding, and tech! These technology activities for kids are paired with other STEAM disciplines for some great hands-on learning opportunities!
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Why is Technology an Important Part of STEAM?
Computer science, coding, and technology activities for kids help prepare kids for life and encourage the development of logic, programming, problem solving, and creative thinking.
Kids can learn a lot with technology activities. In these technology activities, kids can learn: programming skills, electrical engineering, logical sequences, game design, patterns, coding, how to use technology appropriately, data collection and analysis, computational thinking and so much more!
Supplies for Kid Technology Activities
Simple tools such as a paper, printer, and pencils, are needed for these computer science, coding, and technology activities for kids.
There are quite a few unique activities in the bunch, so there are some additional supplies needed. You’ll find a list of these unique supplies below!
Some supplies you’ll need for these technology activities include:
- origami paper
- play dough
- Fuse Fuse Beads & Pegboards
- building bricks
- paper mosaic squares
- battery pack
- LEDs (light emitting diodes)
- Lithium 3V coin cell batteries
- Copper tape
- Beebot, Botley, Dash, or other robot (Check out our robot gift guide!)
- Conductive thread
- paper tubes
- plastic cups
- sewable battery holder
- CR 2032 Coin Cell Battery
- 9V batteries
- AA batteries
- Alligator clips
- Copper wire
Summer of STEAM
Techie Thursdays are part of our Summer of STEAM Series. I love activities that are super low-prep! That makes it even easier to get things set up quickly!
We are big on routines at our house, so we’ve sorted our activities into different “themed” days to keep the learning going all summer long!
Check out our Summer of STEAM activities for kids filled with Math Mondays, Tinker Tuesdays, Wonder Wednesdays, Techie Thursdays, and Foodie Fridays!
Why are STEAM Activities Important?
STEAM is the abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Like STEM, STEAM is an integrated approach to learning that encourages learners to make connections between the concepts they are learning and how they apply them to real-world problems.
STEAM helps students ask questions, problem solve, think creatively, and produce innovative solutions.
Many schools have adopted STEAM learning activities into their curriculum, but it’s never too early to start building critical thinking skills.
We love low-prep STEAM activities at our house and have a blast doing activities designed for toddlers all the way to tweens!
STEM Technology Activities for Elementary and Middle School
The computer science, coding, and technology activities below are designed for kids ages 6 and up. Keep scrolling to find Preschool and Early Learning tech activities for kids in the following section!
Learn about variables, sequences, algorithms, and loops and code a volcano! Learn how to communicate with a robot with clear steps and commands from Our Family Code.
Make squishy mermaid circuits with this project from STEAMsational
Sudoku is a great activity to strengthen logical reasoning skills and decomposition skills while working with a simple algorithm, or a series of instructions for solving problems. This Letter Sudoku activity is a way to introduce kids as young as preschool to the rules and the use of logical reasoning to solve a problem from Our Family Code.
Learning about computational thinking and gain skills important for computer programming with this unplugged coding LEGO activity from Brain Power Boy.
This Fitness coding game teaches kids coding concepts, including conditionals and variables from Our Family Code.
These LEGO mazes, which can be solved with “code” using paper rather than a computer, illustrate 4 levels of difficulty and include a variety of programming concepts from Research Parent.
This tech + art activity helps build map skills while making hometown artwork from Our Family Code.
These origami firefly paper circuits are a great way to pair math + tech + art for a great STEAM project from Teach Beside Me.
This patchwork heart resist art activity is filled with logical thinking and creativity by pairing science, art, and technology to create artwork from Our Family Code.
Build electric circuits with these STEM challenge cards from Teach Beside Me.
This rocket ship decomposition unplugged coding activity is designed to teach kids the concept of decompositions and algorithms from Our Family Code!
Make light-up alligator circuits with the tech + art activity from Teach Beside Me.
This Pi Necklace coding activity is the perfect combination of math, binary, and hexadecimal coding for upper elementary and middle school students from Our Family Code.
This activity takes the If Then statement and turns it into a fun and active game with an If-Then Backyard Coding Game for Kids from Left Brain Craft Brain.
Color by Hexadecimal Rainbow Coding Activity with free printable from Our Family Code
Reverse engineer a recycled toy robot with this activity from Brain Power Boy!
This Algorithm Art Love Tree activity is a great unplugged coding activity for kids K-8 to learn how actions can be turned into algorithms from Our Family Code.
This firefly sewn circuit craft is a great way to get crafty with STEM and tech activities from Teach Beside Me!
Find out how to make an art bot from Science Sparks!
Make easy play dough circuits with this project from Teach Beside Me.
Explore the layers of the rainforest and code the correct animals to each layer using logical reasoning from Our Family Code!
Make a DIY iPhone speaker from The Craft Train.
Turn a pi skyline activity into a color coding mosaic pi cityscape activity that works on basic programming skills while introducing Pi from Our Family Code.
Learn how to code your name in binary code from Mama Smiles.
This graph art activity is a great way to pair tech + art to illustrate data from Go Science Kids.
Learn about boolean and comparison operators with this Guess the Animal boolean coding activity! Boolean logic sounds like a pretty complex concept, but it’s actually very easy to understand. Booleans are a type of data that has two values either true or false that can be used to evaluate logical questions from Our Family Code.
This activity uses programming to move a Beebot around a board game based on the roll of your dice. This beebot challenge of chance game showcases number recognition, sequencing, coding and chance all in a fun and engaging way from The Stem Mum.
Pair this pirate algorithm activity with the Magic Tree House! Use your coding skills to find the treasure in this treasure hunt unplugged coding activity from Our Family Code!
Build habitats for Hexbugs using different building blocks to explore STEM principles from The Stem Mum.
Build your own mini robot with Unruly from Red Ted Art.
Coding and a knowledge of computer science is an essential part of our children’s education. One of the ways we can facilitate this learning is through educational apps like Swift Playgrounds by Apple.
Make a Valentine’s lightbulb corner bookmark from Red Ted Art.
This Fibonacci coding tech + math + art activity is the ultimate project to learn some coding and explore Fibonacci rectangles from Our Family Code.
Find out the easiest way to learn binary code and crack the code with this free printable and activity from Our Family Code.
This unplugged coding activity is a great introduction to the basics of programming and is ideal for Kindergarten through 3rd graders. After completing the activity, kids can work together to create their maze and communicate their written program to help navigate their peers (or siblings in our case) through the maze. Grab this great free printable from Our Family Code.
This pumpkin paper circuit is a great STEAM activity to learn about simple circuits and parallel circuits and then apply that circuitry knowledge with some artistic flair to make pumpkin paper circuits from Our Family Code!
Preschool Technology Activities
These computer science, coding, and technology activities for kids are geared to preschool age kiddos. These are the perfect way to introduce young children to basic computational thinking and coding skills.
Grab these Lucky Sequences Preschool Unplugged Coding Activity worksheets to practice sequencing today and finish writing sequences with Lucky Charms™ cereal from Our Family Code.
Learn coding concepts with legos from Team Cartwright.
You can’t go wrong with Tinker Trays! Check out these great Tinker Tray ideas from Hands-on Teaching Ideas that create a great invitation to make and create! Our favorite is the Mechanic Tinker Tray!
Make a Kids Upcycled Mini Maker Kit for kids to organize loose parts and build open-ended projects from Happily Ever Mom!
This unplugged coding activity takes the concept of programming and makes it tangible for young kids even toddlers! The whole point of this activity is for you to give directions (algorithms) for making drawings and to help my young kids understand how to translate movements into programs and practice communicating those ideas through codes and symbols from Our Family Code.
Create an algorithm on the grid that follows the events of the story, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, with this unplugged coding activity from JDaniel4’s Mom.
Friday 11th of September 2020
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