STEM Lit To Go Summer Kits

Thanks for joining East Pott 4-H for Virtual Summer Fun - STEM Lit To Go Kits!
Click the links below to follow along with the lessons, listen to books that go along with the stories and get directions for the supplies in your kits!  We would LOVE to see your families participating in our summer fun!  Feel free to send photos to Hallie at to share on our Facebook page - East Pottawattamie County 4-H!
A Chair for Bear

  • What does height and width mean?
  • Measure out 11' x 4'5" to compare the size of Iowa's largest rocking chair
  • Read the book, Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall
  • Build a chair out of cardboard (in kit).  Cut out the puppets (in kit) to try out your chair
  • Read the book, Forces and Motion by Angela Royston

Popping Popcorn
This lesson is split into 4 videos
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

  • Read the book, Mercy Watson, Something Wonky This Way Comes
  • Make predictions on the scratch paper in your kit - How long does it take a bag of popcorn to pop? How long for the first seed to pop?  How many pieces of popcorn in a bag?  How many seeds won't pop?
  • Pop the popcorn in your kit and keep track of time to compare to your predictions
  • Read the book, Corn by Gail Gibbons
  • Why does popcorn pop?


  • Blow bubbles (in kit) - look at their shapes
  • Make your own bubble wands out of pipe cleaners (in kit) and using them with your bubble solution.  What shapes are your bubbles now?
  • Read the book, Pop! A Book about Bubbles
  • Why are bubbles round?
  • Try combining two or more bubbles

Curious Candy

  • Read the book, Curious George Goes to the Chocolate Factory, by Margret & H.A.Rey's
  • Build a "machine" to move the chocolate in your kit at least 3 feet.  You may use 5 items to build your machine, I have included 2 in your kit (yarn and craft stick) to help you get started
  • Read the book, Cocoa Bean to Chocolate

Wonders of Nature

  • Read the book, Creek finding, A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Claudia McGehee
  • Using your folded paper in your kit, create 3 columns - walk, sit, fly. Go on a nature hunt in your yard or neighborhood and make a tally mark in the correct column everytime you see a bird!  Total up each column.  Total all 3 columns.
  • Read the book, Goldfinches by Lisa Amstutz
  • Make a bird feeder using the directions and materials in your kit

Marvelous Marshmallows

  • Read the book, A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
  • Read the letter in your kit
  • Using the cup and balloon make a marshmallow launcher - see video for directions
  • Launch marshmallows (in kit) with your launcher to Mr. Bear (or 3 feet across the room)
  • Read the book, Push and Pull by Patricia J. Murphy
  • Play tic-tac-toe with your mashmallows and the paper in your kit
  • Stack your marshmallows - how tall is your tower?
  • Using the tooth picks in your kit and your marshmallows, create a sculpture
  • Read the book, All About Matter

Super Shapes

  • Using the playdough in your kit, make a circle, square, diamond, star, oval, rectangle
  • Read the book, City Shapes by Diana Murray
  • Go on a shape hunt around your house using the Shape Hut Sheet in your kit.  Make tally marks by the shapes you see.  Tally up each shape
  • Read the book, The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns, illustrated by Gordon Silveria
  • Make shapes with your body!  Have a family member help you!  
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