Raise Your Children to Be Creative, Complex Problem Solvers

Make your Family a STEM Family

We help parents bring STEM into their home, to empower their kids to be creative, innovative, and tech-friendly.

Use STEM Family to equip your kids with key skills to thrive as they grow up: computational thinking, design thinking, and systems thinking.


Teach your kids key concepts of computer science, design, and technology -- all through affordable + lightweight play

Our Latest + Greatest Activity Recipes and Reviews

We have created these STEM activities to be:

  • Screen-Free: They are about learning in real life, not with a device
  • Lightweight: They are easy and quick for parents to do
  • Affordable: They are free or very low cost
  • Playful:They are fun and interactive to do together
September 1, 2018

Screenprinting to learn patterns

As the kids get older, we can start doing more interesting computational crafts. Today we were trying out making patterns, by using stencils and screen-printing too […]
July 1, 2018

2 year old crib climbing contract

How do you solve a problem like crib-escapes? We are trying to draw out the rules and talk them through.
May 5, 2018

Family Skate Painting

we created a game to paint a giant board together with our feet
April 24, 2018

Sorting coins with a Pattern Game

If you have a large pile of coins around, you can use it as a Pattern Game with your toddler. It’s a great way for them […]
January 28, 2018

Kitchen table interviews

Help your kids develop empathy with this interview activity
December 31, 2017

Read to your kids like a Designer Would

Over the holiday break, we have been burning through all of our books in our kids books library. So we decided to take a shot at […]
December 30, 2017

Computational Exercise Game

Work out together while learning about Loops, Conditional Statements, and Sequences
December 27, 2017
Wall gallery of kids art

Making a home art gallery

Time to make all your family drawings and art come alive with a home gallery
December 27, 2017

Stamping out shape patterns

learn systems and visual design by making patterns out of stamp shapes
December 22, 2017

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Lab Series)

This book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kid, is a straightforward  step-by-step guide for planning a Science Lab in your home kitchen. The science activities are simple, […]
December 17, 2017

The Costco Dance Game for Computational Thinking

Sequence a dance with your child, for a store you visit all the time
November 26, 2017

Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book: a STEM Family review

Today we review Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers. We were delighted to see a workbook version of the excellent Rosie Revere, Engineer storybook. […]
November 21, 2017

Stop Itching with Systems Thinking Loops

Break the cycles of itching by using systems thinking loops to show bad vs. good behavior
November 20, 2017

The Collaborate Paint Game

Create a Surrealist gallery with paintings you create back-and-forth with your child
November 17, 2017

Design your parent’s outfit

Your kid's in charge of your fashion -- and becoming a design thinker!
November 6, 2017

Brainstorm Eggs for Your Grandparents

Have an empathy-rich morning meal, with eggs cooked in a design thinking way.
October 31, 2017

Visual Bedtime agreement

Build your child's design thinking capabilities by drawing out your bedtime rights and responsibilities together.
October 29, 2017

Clean your room computationally

A clean room through sequential, systematic thinking.
September 28, 2017

Set up a Tinker Lab for your little ones to be experimenters and creators

We love the book Tinkerlab: A Hand’s On Book for Little Inventors, by Rachelle Doorley. It lays out a plan of action for parents of young […]
September 5, 2017

Backseat code driver

Your child becomes the GPS -- and they need think computationally to give you the right instructions to get you to your destination.
September 1, 2017

Are Skoolzy Straw Structures a good STEM toy?

This lifesize building kit will let kids create towers, forts, and more structures -- all with a simple set of straws and connectors. Overall score: 7/10
August 29, 2017

Pancakes with a side of Chemistry

They are Delicious, Computational, Chemical Creations
August 22, 2017

Fastest Line at the Supermarket

When you are checking out after your grocery run with your kid, have some fun with Performance Modeling.
August 11, 2017

The Curious Kid’s Science Book

If you are looking for hands-on, minds-on activities, challenges, ideas and explorations,The Curious Kid’s Science Book offers you a rich, illustrated guide. The book is from Asia […]
August 7, 2017

Gears! Gears! Gears! reviewed: do all these gears pack a STEM punch?

This kit has a ton of interlocking gears for your kids to build with and spin away. Is it worth it? Overall score: 6.5/10
August 6, 2017
The great book, How to Draw Everything

Learn how to draw, with Gillian Johnson’s How to Draw Everything

This book, How to Draw Everything, from Gillian Johnson, is visual, delightful, and very, very approachable. It’s meant for adults who are a little shy about […]
July 3, 2017

Dash Robot review: Will it teach your kids math + coding?

Is the Dash Robot toy the right toy to buy to teach programming to your little ones? We break it down for you! Overall score: 7/10
June 9, 2017

Warm and Fuzzy sorting game

Get Computational While Doing Your Laundry.
June 9, 2017

The Legendary, Delicious Sandwich Robot

Cook Up Something Delicious (or Strange) with Step-by-Step Computations
June 9, 2017

The Marshmallow Railroad Construction Challenge

Explore Engineering while Designing Your Own Railroad

The STEM Family Learning Pathway

  • Computational Thinking

    Get your kid thinking like a computer scientist, not by sitting in front of a screen, but by interacting with you in short games to learn Loops, Conditional Statements, Sequences, Algorithms -- and other key computational thinking concepts that will help them learn to code. Go to Computational Thinking activity recipes
  • Design Thinking

    Bring out your child's creativity and experimentation by leading them through Design Thinking activities. You'll be helping them develop Empathy, Visualization, Prototyping, Iteration, and other essential skills to build their confidence and unleash their ingenuity. Go to Design Thinking activity recipes
  • Systems Thinking

    How do we make the world a better place? If you teach your kid the basics of Systems Thinking, you can help them understand complexity, cause and effect, and dynamics of the systems we live in. You'll help them understand Behavior Loops, Patterns, Diagrams, and other key tools to understand systems Go to Systems Thinking activity recipes
View all of our STEM activities, toy reviews, and books to read

STEM Through Mindsets

Raising a child to be STEM-smart is not just about teaching them rules and vocabulary to memorize. It’s about instilling fundamental mindsets that make them into creative, scientific problem-solvers.

STEM Family focuses on 3 core mindsets: Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, and Systems Thinking.

Kids don't need screen time to learn computational thinking.

We have offline activities for you to play with your kids, that still teach STEM.

Check out our Blog to see what we're exploring and researching

January 1, 2018

Future-Proofing Your Child for Success in the Coming Economy

Forbes’ contributor Tine Thygesen has a piece for parents: The One Thing You Need To Teach Your Children To Future-Proof Their Success. The world your children will […]
December 31, 2017

Learning about parents’ attitudes about STEM in the Searching for Computer Science report

what do parents want for their kids when it comes to Computer Science Education?
December 23, 2017

Little Ruby’s World: developing girls’ coding abilities and computational creativity

Coding can foster children’s ability to reason systematically, work collaboratively, and think creatively. If you have a young child, you might want to teach them how […]
December 22, 2017

Consumers versus Creators, Designers, and Makers: fostering Computational Creativity

Is your family one of consumers or of creators? This eye-opening video on Computational Creativity, from Professor Karen Brennan, explains why this difference matters so much […]
December 20, 2017

Experiment Library at Making Science Make Sense

The Bayer Project “Making Make Sense” has a wonderful online library of Science Experiments that parents can run at home with their kids. You can see cards […]
December 20, 2017

The National PTA’s At Home STEM resources

The National PTA has a page full of resources for parents and families to use — At Home: STEM. The National PTA’s page includes links to […]
December 12, 2017

Being a Design Thinking Parent

I studied design thinking intensively for the few years before I became a Mom, so I have been thinking of how to combine the two things: […]
December 4, 2017

Stanford ‘tips-by-text’ program helps boost literacy in preschoolers, study finds

One of our main inspirations is the Stanford ‘tips-by-text’ program that was designed both as a research project and a real-world intervention, to help boost literacy in […]
November 29, 2017

Parents are the ones to inspire children towards STEM

An article from the Association for Psychological Science, Want to Get Teens Interested in Math and Science? Target Their Parents presents research into how important families are to […]
November 25, 2017

Student designers in Singapore

Singapore has a group, Participate in Design, that encourages all kinds of people to become creative problem-solvers. This includes schoolchildren, whom they didn’t make just ‘recipients’ […]
November 21, 2017

Design Thinking for Educators

If you are education innovator, or if you are a parent who wants to learn from how expert teachers are learning how to facilitate their classrooms […]
November 20, 2017

Why we should be teaching kids Design Thinking

Fast Company Design has a piece profiling the importance of design in kids’ education, Teaching Kids Design Thinking, So They Can Solve The World’s Biggest Problems. […]

What are the best STEM toys?

We have kids (and some adults) road test toys for STEM. What are the best things to develop computational, creative, and critical thinking for different ages?

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Learn why STEM matters

The more you, as an adult, know about what STEM is and what value it has -- the better coach you can be for kids.

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We are educators, designers, and parents, who believe in the power of STEM to connect big people with little people.