Early childhood STEM activities

Museums Victoria offers resources to support STEM teaching and learning. These include fun science experiments, activities, and videos that can be used across a variety of environments, including at home.


Experiences that support STEM learning in 0 to 8 year olds should be hands-on and focused on the learning process, not necessarily the final outcome. These experiences link with VEYLDF Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners though experienced educators will be able to identify further links across the other outcomes within the early learning curriculum.

Here are some fun activities and science experiments for you to try!

Let's make slime!

Icky yucky sticky disgusting slime! Learn how to use household items to make your own.

Let’s make bubbles

What’s more fun than bubbles? Learn how to use household items to create your own bubble wand!

Let's make a whirlygig

Make your own whirylgig that spins like a helicopter as it floats through the air.

Port Phillip Bay (?), Victoria, circa 1925.

Make a floating device

Design, build and test your own floating device using creativity, problem solving and a few things from around your house.

A close up view of the moon sculpture, showing craters and other geological features present on the moon surface.

Find the full moon

Full moons only happen once every month! Tonight, why not have a go at our moon activity?

Why is cake fluffy?

Have you been helping with baking lately? The kitchen is like a home science laboratory where experimentation can happen.

Night skies with outlined Boorong Constellations

First Peoples in Australia Astronomy

Let’s explore a few of the constellations of the Boorong people of North West Victoria!

Why are bubbles colourful?

Do you love watching the swirling colours in a bubble? Learn about where these colours come from with this simple activity.

Constellations in a cup

Hold a galaxy in your hands, with this constellation in a cup activity. Ask a grown up for some help, so you can enjoy the projections together!

Changing colour with cabbage

Create a colour-changing liquid and gorgeous artworks with some cabbage and simple household items.

Colour being absorbed into a paper towel

Let's make a rainbow

There is more than meets the eye with this experiment. Use some household items to pull apart colour and create some gorgeous art.

Yellow and pink swirl of star light

Painting a nebula

Massive, glowing, colourful space clouds! Bring these stunning nebulae into your home with a few art supplies.

Biscuits with black icing with swirls of colour

Make a galaxy biscuit

Decorate biscuits taking inspiration from the Milky Way.

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