I love reusing recyclables in crafts and activities. One thing my kids might love even more is science and STEM activities. We decided to use some materials we had in the recycle bin to make a lever and fulcrum. This is a perfect STEM activity to do with the kids over the summer to promote learning, creativity, and problem solving. The Summer Slide is a real thing and simple, easy projects like this one are fun ways to build skills as a family. Our Lever and Fulcrum STEM activity led to cheers with all four of the kids. This is a fun STEM fine motor activity kids will love.
And when the kids are cheering for science, engineering, and math, it is perfectly OK for Mom to do an inner cheer, too.
Recycled Materials Lever and Fulcrum STEM Activity
There are so many items found in your recycle bin that can be used in STEM activities. Today, we pulled out a few materials to build a lever and fulcrum. We used a recycled chopstick, a toilet paper tube, and two coffee pods.
To make the lever and fulcrum: Poke a hole in each of the coffee pods. We used a sharp skewer to do this. you will want the holes to be at the same height on each pod. Insert one end of the chop stick into each pod. Finally, fold the toilet paper tube into a triangular shape. The cardboard tube will be the fulcrum and the chop stick can rest evenly on the tube and act as a lever.
Now for the fun part: It was time to play and learn with our STEM activity!
- We added crafting pom poms to each cup and counted how many were needed to keep the lever even.
- We talked about the distance between the ends of the chop stick and how the fulcrum needed to be in the center in order for the lever to be even.
- We tried moving the fulcrum and measured the distance between the ends of the chop stick and the fulcrum.
- When the fulcrum was off center, we counted how many craft pom poms were needed to make the lever even again.
I was kind of amazed at how much all four of my kids were totally absorbed by this STEM activity. It was enough to make me smile (and cheer some more, on the inside!) for their love of science, technology, engineering, and math.
STEM Summer Camp