35 Fun DIY Engineering Projects for Kids

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Do your kids like engineering and science? We’re not surprised: its super cool to make stuff that actually “does stuff!” Here are 35 fun DIY engineering projects just for kids that you and your family will enjoy. Notice that some are perfect for tiny tots and other projects are terrific for older kids and teens. Use your best judgement and provide adult supervision and guidance when needed.

One of the great things about doing these DIY projects is that kids actually learn how things work – from gravity, physics and other science concepts. It’s not just about creating the DIY – but making it do something – and you can launch the rocket or sail the boat again and again. So it is something that your child can learn engineering concepts from, as well as DIY skills too.

We do have a few suggestions for you. If you are launching a rocket or making the paper airplane launcher for example, always explain to your children that these are “outdoor DIY experiments only.” Otherwise you will have rocket launching in the living room and a concern about your windows, family photo frames or mirrors for example. As you do these DIY projects, encourage your children to develop some practical skills to put into place while using them.

Notice what science concepts your child is learning in school and which STEM DIY and engineering projects you can do in the home so they can really have fun learning about it. There is a huge difference between reading a dull textbook and making a marble maze or building a cool paddle boat! Happy DIYing!

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Homemade Wigglebot

Homemade Wigglebot
Spark your kids interest in STEM with this cool robot. Its made with simple materials.

By ResearchParent.com

Science for Kids Build a Paddle Boat

Science for Kids Build a Paddle Boat

This is a classic engineering project. It also makes bathtime a lot of fun!

At CoffeeCupsAndCrayons.com

Propeller Car

Propeller Car
Here’s a fun engineering project. Make a propeller car that goes & goes!

From Instructables.com, from the book ‘Rubber Band Engineer’ 

How to Make a Cardboard Box Marble Labrinth Game

How to Make a Cardboard Box Marble Labrinth Game
Try this engineering project as a family, it is great for little ones who like to play with marbles. But anyone will enjoy seeing how this puzzle works!

By FrugalFun4Boys.com

Egg Drop Project

Egg Drop Project

Try this unique take on a classic. Do the egg drop project!

From BuggyAndBuddy.com

Rubberband Helicopters step by step

Rubberband Helicopters step by step

This is a fun engineering project. Try this and make your DIY helicopter fly!

At Instructables.com from ‘Rubber Band Engineer’ 

DIY Catapults for Kids

DIY Catapults for Kids

With simple popsicle sticks you can create a fun engineering project. This is great for young and older kids alike.

By CoffeeCupsAndCrayons.com

Straw Rockets

Straw Rockets

How far will your straw rockets fly? Give this engineering project a try with your little ones!
Located at BuggyAndBuddy.com

Rainbow Jar

Rainbow Jar
Bright and colorful, this is not just fun but also a science experiment. Do this with your kids!

From PlayDoughToPlato.com

Paper Airplane Launcher

Paper Airplane Launcher
Like to see your paper planes fly! Watch them really soar with this great launcher!

By FrugalFun4Boys.com

Homemade Wobblebot

Homemade Wobblebot

Like robots? Give this one a try!

At ResearchParent.com (from the book ‘Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future’)

Slingshot Rockets

Slingshot Rockets
A perfect project to do in a big field where you can watch the rocket really fly! Learn all about engineering.

At Instructables.com from the book ‘Rubber Band Engineer’ 

Two in One DIY Pattern Blocks

Two in One DIY Pattern Blocks

Learn shapes, geometry and more with these DIY pattern blocks. A fun project to try.

From FrugalFun4Boys.com

Simple Pneumatic Machine

Simple Pneumatic Machine
Learn about engineering with this project. This is one for older kids to try.

From Instructables.com from the book ‘Rubber Band Engineer’ 

STEM Challenge for Kids: Straw Roller Coaster!

STEM Challenge for Kids Straw Roller Coaster

Drinking straws are not just for milk or lemonade, but for engineering and science too. Make a fun roller coaster!

From FrugalFun4Boys.com

Bow and Arrow

Bow and Arrow

Here is a classic engineering project. Give this one a try!

From Instructables.com from the book ‘Rubber Band Engineer’ 

Coding a LEGO Maze

Coding a LEGO Maze

Introduce your kids to computer coding. This is a fun way to try it.

Located at ResearchParent.com

Extending Grabber

Extending Grabber
Here’s a fun engineering project for the kids to make. Its pretty simple, you just need popsicle sticks!

At Instructables.com from the book ‘Rubber Band Engineer’

Homemade Kaleidoscope

Homemade Kaleidoscope

Bright and colorful, its a unique project. It provides a fun afternoon of entertainment too!

By BuggyAndBuddy.com

Hydraulic Judo Bots

Hydraulic Judo Bots

Looking for a challenging and fun engineering project? Give this one a try with older kids.

From Instructables.com from the book ‘Rubber Band Engineer’ 

Make a Ping Pong Ball Launcher

Make a Ping Pong Ball Launcher

This is a great STEM and engineering activity. Launch a ping pong ball!

From FrugalFun4Boys.com

100 Yard Paper Rocket Launcher

100 Yard Paper Rocket Launcher
What fun! Older kids and teens will find this engineering project really cool!

By Instructables.com from the book ‘Rubber Band Engineer’ 

Build a LEGO Water Wheel

Build a LEGO Water Wheel
Do your kids like LEGOs? Try this fun hands on project!

From FrugalFun4Boys.com

Pyramid Catapult

Pyramid Catapult

Now this is a fun engineering project. What’s the 1st thing you’ll put in the catapult?

From Instructables.com from the book ‘Rubber Band Engineer’

Building Igloos with Marshmellows

Building Igloos with Marshmellows

Marshmellows are more than sweet. They are the perfect building material for these fun igloos!

Located at LemonLimeAdventures.com

Homemade Weather Vane and Compass Activity

Homemade Weather Vane and Compass Activity

Want to see which way the wind blows? Make this weather vane and compass with your kids and track it!

By 123HomeSchool4Me.com

DIY smart phone projector

DIY smart phone projector

Have smart phones? Make this cool tool to work with them!

From TheSTEMLabratory.com

Homemade Spectroscope

Homemade Spectroscope

Teach little ones about science early on. This project is fun to do!

From BuggyAndBuddy.com

Engineer This Design and Build an Air Powered Car

Engineer This Design and Build an Air Powered Car

Ready for a fun and exciting project! Why not build an air powered mini car?

At PlanetSmarty.com

Q Tip Maze

Q Tip Maze

This is something that is fun for kids to do solo or as a family. Create a maze and then see who can find their way out!

Located at HowWeeLearn.com

Stick Raft Building STEM Project

Stick Raft Building STEM Project

This is a classic and fun science project to do. It can also be done with young or older children.

By KidsCraftRoom.com

Build a Winch Simple Machine STEM Idea

Build a Winch Simple Machine STEM Idea

Do your kids like engineering? Here is a fun project for them to try?

From LittleBinsForLittleHands.com

Engineering a Bridge

Engineering a Bridge
Use popsicle sticks and learn basic engineering. How a bridge works!

At Scholastic.com

STEM Challenge for Kids: Design a Paper Plate Marble Maze

STEM Challenge for Kids Design a Paper Plate Marble Maze

Here is a fun game that offers simple engineering skills too. Its a DIY project that can be done by young and older ones too.

Located at BuggyAndBuddy.com

Lets Build Boats

Lets Build Boats

These boats are built with simple drinking straws and science. Its a fun project to do with kids year round.

By PinkStripeySocks.com

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