With the summer holidays looming, many of us will be looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained for the next few weeks. We’ve put together a list of our favourite STEAM books that are all packed with ideas and projects to keep you busy. Whether your children are little inventors, enthusiastic scientists or budding artists there is bound to be at least one of these books that will suit you.
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We were delighted when this book first became available as prior to this there weren’t actually many books that covered all 5 STEAM subjects rather than the usual 4 STEM subject we are more used to seeing. There are so many great ideas and they are cleverly coded to show which subjects they include in each project, a really worthwhile investment that will keep you busy for a long time.
The Art of Tinkering
This was a book we borrowed first of all and loved it so much we bought our own copy. The Art of tinkering is a great combination or science and technology with a heavy dose of art throughout each project. The projects are probably suited to a slightly older or more experienced reader but younger children can still enjoy the projects with a bit more guidance.
If you have a budding scientist in the house then this is a fantastic book to start with. All the experiments are really well described and easy to follow and have good explanations about what is happening with each experiment. It’s a great book to pick up and use any time as most of the experiments use regular household ingredients.
The Big Book of Maker Space Projects
This is a great book for young inventors, packed with lots of ideas to get them tinkering. The book is spilt into inspiring sections such as “Sewing circuits and e-textiles” and “smart phone projects” With over 50 projects, it should keep you busy for quite a while.
This is Not a Maths Book
If you have a child who struggles with Maths or finds it boring, this book is a great way to turn mathematical ideas into creative projects, using art and patterns. It’s really an advanced doodling book, that can be picked up and played with anywhere and they won’t even realise they are doing maths!