Kids love to build, engineering projects seem just like play. With the emphasis of STEM and STEAM in the classroom, wouldn’t it be fun to do some engineering at home?
We have handpicked 25 of the best engineering projects for kids that would appeal to older kids.
So whether your budding engineer is in elementary school, middle school or high school, there is something for them on this list to make their STEM heart sing.
These activities will get the whole family into the engineering design process with awesome results.
Whether it be with LEGOs, cards, Tinker Toys, paper or other household items, some kids just love to watch things come together. You can help encourage them by showing them activities they’ll build, create and enjoy.
Build those STEM skills with projects that are fun and enlightening.
Paper Plane Challenge
How many coins can a paper airplane hold?
If you build the paper airplane with a different structure, will it hold more?
Fun with physics!
Structural Engineering with Tin Foil
Your kids can use foil and pipe cleaners to build structures for an entire imaginary village!
Will your construction techniques hold up?
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Construction Inspiration from Big Hero 6
Do you have a Big Hero 6 fan? See if they can create their very own Baymax.
Creating, building and material manipulation at its finest!
Design a Structural Bridge
Let your little structural engineers build their very own bridge and see how much it can hold!
Young innovator’s can explore their engineering curiosities.
Jelly Bean Sky Scrapers
Jelly beans and toothpicks are great for construction! Older kids can get hands-on with this simple project.
Or use some straws and washi tape for an especially colorful tower.
Can your kids build a cork launcher that actually works? They can with this tutorial!
Let your kids stretch their brain muscle by figuring out how to use popsicle sticks for balance.
Build a rocket that actually goes with this awesome tutorial!
Learn all about the power of hydraulics with these hydraulic judo bots.
Teach your kids about science and construction with this awesome ice bridge!
Watch the stick fly with this incredible stick structure.
Can your kids figure out how to build a painting machine? They’ll love it when you show them how this works!
Who knew paper blocks could work so well for building? How big can your kids go?
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Or check out this incredible paper tower. How strong do you think your tower will be?
Build a paper airplane launcher that actually works and let those planes fly!
Let your child build a pom pom tunnel that leads all the way to the floor.
Or here’s an awesome pool noodle structure! How far can you make the marble race in this pool noodle run?
How awesome is this kid made rollercoaster! Your child is going to love learning the physics of this one.
Rube Goldberg machines are so much fun. Let your child make one from toys in their own room.
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Or go to the hardware store and build a Rube Goldberg machine with all the bells and whistles!
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This straw dome is such a fun STEM challenge and your kids are going to love watching it come together.
Wiggle bot loves to draw. Wiggle bot has his own motor and smily face and everything.
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Wobble bot wobbles but he don’t fall down. Just kidding. But no, really, he doesn’t fall down.
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