20 STEM Activities Inspired by Kids Movies

I know a lot of families (including ours!) enjoy seeing some of the new kids movies that come to theaters.

And family movie nights are a perfect time to watch some of the classic kids flicks that we may have missed seeing at the thater during the busy school year.  Has your family seen any of the 25 Best Kids Books Made into Movies

Plus old Disney films are also a big hit with kids -- throw-back ones like Honey I Shrunk the Kids or The Apple Dumpling Gang are a few family faves.

Movies can be very inspirational for kids as they watch creative ideas coming to life on the big screen -- which makes it a great way to entice them to do a little science too.

So today we're sharing a list of some AWESOME kids movies along with science-related crafts & activities that will keep those minds buzzing -- just in time for back to school!


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STEM Activities Inspired by New Kids Movies

Whether you're a family with movie nights or an educator looking for ideas for your students, you'll LOVE some of these creative, out-of-the-box activities that get kids thinking, exploring and having fun with science, technology & engineering!

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So get the popcorn ready & let's experiment :)



We really enjoyed the science & technology ideas in Big Hero 6  -- so many creative and 'futuristic' items that will peak the kids' interest to experiement!

Create Your Own Tinker Box & Make 'Baymax' Robot Puppets

Make your own Chemistry Concoctions -- Inspiration Laboratories

Make Oobleck & create a chemical reaction -- Maker Mom

Explore robotics with this Robotic Arm Edge kit


Harry Potter

The cross-over between magic and science really comes to life in many of the Harry Potter films (the early ones are best for younger kids). 

Set up an Outdoor Science Lab and experiment like Harry Potter & friends do in Potions class!

Create your own Invisible Ink so writing to just 'appear'! -- Fun a Day

Blow up a Balloon & Blow out a Candle with this 'magic' trick!

And the Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit is sure to be a hit too!


The LEGO Movie

It's not just all fun & games with The LEGO Movie -- there's quite a bit of science & engineering in all that building!

Create a LEGO Catapult -- Science Sparks

Engineer a way to pour your cereal for breakfast! -- Hands on: As We Grow

Design a LEGO Zipline -- Little Bins for Little Hands

Build a LEGO Balance Scale -- Frugal Fun for Boys

 Honestly, any type of LEGO Kit is awesome for engineering and a great item to pair with the movie!



If you can get the kids to stop singing the songs from Frozen long enough to try a few of these cold science activities, they'll enjoy exploring the idea of 'frozen' fun!

Elsa's Ice Melting Experiment -- Little Bins for Little Hands

Fun Math Learning about Fractals -- Crafty Moms Share

How to Make Artificial Snow -- In the Playroom

Frozen Water Magic Science -- Preschool Powol Packets


Star Wars

The key line in the movie -- "May the Force Be with You" -- screams science & physics!  But there's also so many other ways to learn with Star Wars movies !

Light Saber Glow in the Dark Slime -- Little Bins for Little Hands

Lego Star Wars Yoda's Swamp -- Epic Fun for Kids

Explore levitation like a Jedi with this Star Wars Science kit.

Create the Star Wars Galaxy with this fun math activity!

R2D2 Perler Bead Patterns -- Brain Power Boy

Creating Star Wars 'Fizzy' Landscapes -- Planet Smarty Pants

And kids will also enjoy the Star Wars Science Lightsaber Crystal Lab too!


Wreck It Ralph

Since Wreck-It Ralph was more of a computer/tech movie, you can look for some great coding activities kids will enjoy!  And there are also some fun experiments you can easily pair with it too.

Making a Mentos/Soda Eruption -- East Coast Mommy

Play this IF-THEN Backyard Coding Game -- Left Brain, Craft Brain

Explore a few of these Coding Unplugged Games to introduce kids to computers -- Brain Power Boy

 The Code Master Programming Logic Coding Game is also a great way to introduce computer programming concepts to kids!



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Guest - Charlee Brown on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 19:57

This was very helpful

This was very helpful
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