STEM Bins®

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Math, Writing, Engineering

Grade Levels
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Resource Type
Activities, Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas

File Type
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32 MB|54 pages


The original STEM Bins®


Check out my STEM Bins® supplements at the links below!

STEM Bins® and STEAM Bins are an ideal hands-on solution for early finishers, morning work, centers, fine motor practice, indoor recess, teambuilding, calm down centers, Makerspaces, or positive reinforcement of behavior. They are also a creative and developmentally appropriate form of engineering for elementary students.

Listed materials for each STEM Bin are found in most elementary classrooms or can be borrowed from other teachers, and you may choose which materials that you feel are best for your learning environment. Additional STEM engineering tools and photos can be added to the EDITABLE STEM Bin Covers in the separate file. Inexpensive building materials for STEM Bins can be found at Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target party section, or Target Dollar Spot.

The management of your STEM Bins is completely up to you, as they can be used during multiple times of your day. “Challenge Yourself” cards are provided to take structures to the next level, allowing students to improve and enhance their structures. Upper grade supplements are also provided to allow for more challenging options

The provided blueprint recording sheets, flipbooks, and writing templates are optional and can be either copied for each student or placed in page protectors for students to draw creations with a dry erase marker. Writing Prompt cards are also provided to allow for literacy extensions.


***Separate File: EDITABLE STEM Bin Cover to add your own photos and materials and EDITABLE task cards***
***Separate File: STEM Bin poster header and letters
***Separate File: STEAM Version of all materials
***Separate File: Video Tutorials

Page 3: How to Use
Page 4: Suggested Supplies Checklist
Page 5: Suggested Weekly Routines
Pages 6-7: What Are My Students Learning?
Page 8: Teacher Questions and Prompts
Pages 9-18: 20 STEM Bin Covers with Labels & Photos
Pages 19-22: 24 Lower Grade STEM Bin Task Cards
Pages 23-24: 12 3D Shapes Task Cards
Page 25: “Challenge Yourself” extensions
Page 26: Blueprint Recording Sheet
Pages 27-29: Foldable Recording Booklets (My Creations, My Design Process, My Invention)
Page 30: Writing Prompt Cards
Pages 31-34: Writing Extensions (four line types)
Pages 35-43: 36 Upper Grade Task Cards and Written Response Sheet
Page 44: Credits

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20 reviews for STEM Bins®

  1. Kristen L.

    I love these so much!! I am going to put them in my Fast Finishers baskets for my Kindergartners. I love that these are open ended and that they utilize everyday items that are already found in my classroom. I have been looking for fast finisher items for my Kinders that are easy for me to prep and manage, as well as relatively easy for them to complete and clean up independently. These definitely fit the bill! Thank you so much! You just saved me tons of time!! -Kristen L.

  2. Kaitlin S.

    This product found me at just the right time. I was looking for something that I could use with morning work instead of doing something that was a worksheet. These STEM bins will be perfect. I was able to find most of the materials not in my classroom already at the Dollar Tree or Target Dollar Spot. The pencil boxes work perfectly to store the supplies too. I can’t wait for my students to get to use the STEM bins this year. -Kaitlin S.

  3. Mrs Patton-For My Second Act

    EXCELLENT!!!!! This has RIGOR and is a QUAD D product! Thank you for the added sheets and cards for 3rd graders!! I love how easy it was to set these up with materials from my room! Thank you for the video! After I saw how easy it would be to put together I bought it! -Mrs Patton-For My Second Act

  4. Richelle C.

    Wow! This was just what I needed for my early finisher Firsties! I love that there’s writing integration. I imagine that even my reluctant writers will want to draw and write about their creation. I am thinking of letting the children take a photo of their creations if they don’t have time to draw and write about it. (I have a classroom camera that is no longer used because I just use my phone camera!) Thanks for a great product. Great value for the money! -Richelle C.

  5. Peggy R.

    These STEM bins are wonderful. Everything is organized and directions were written clearly. Easy to step up and my students LOVED using them! Thank you! -Peggy R.

  6. Kalgari R.

    I used this as bell ringer work and early finisher and it was perfect! I have kids from k-7 and every grade found something creative and to do. I loved the different ideas these boxes provided. -Kalgari R.

  7. Francine Brown

    These were life savers after I finished putting them together. (It took me a while a I was at a new school.) I used this as an “Extra fun for when you’re done” and “Fun Fridays” activities. It was great to see the kids so excited and remain engaged, so I could spend a little more time with those who needed more help with their basic work. I wanted the struggling students to have the opportunity to work on some of it as well, so I had them use it for “Fun Fridays”. -Francine Brown

  8. missreese’screations

    My students of various ages love my STEAM bins! We use them for various things- indoor recess, science, math, etc. Sometimes I give them on of the challenges to build with and other times we do a free-build! I love the writing pieces that go with each of the bins to incorporate literacy. -missreese’screations

  9. Sandra M.

    My students love using our STEM bins on a regular basis. Students work in pairs, choose a bin, and are instantly engaged. I appreciate the open-ended opportunities for critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. I currently have 20 bins that students utilize throughout the year. I will be adding on and updating this summer. Thanks Brooke Brown! -Sandra M.

  10. Megan M.

    These are great! I would put the task card pictures in the bins and let my students go. This is also perfect for my students that need a little more inspiration when they get stuck. We have all had a student or two say “I don’t know what to build” or something along those lines. I can’t wait to get my next class started with STEM. -Megan M.

  11. Ms Williams Shenanigans

    My students LOVED using these STEM bins as a morning choice option! They loved being able to create things based off of the cards that are provided. Great resource!! -Ms Williams Shenanigans

  12. Jessica S.

    Love this resource! Print, laminate, create! Exactly what I was looking for and my students LOVE using these during academic choice time. -Jessica S.

  13. Sunny School Days

    I am in love with my new stem bins! I used this resource to create a stem bin rolling cart in my classroom and my students love it! It has been great to use during morning work or whenever we have free time during the day. -Sunny School Days

  14. Elizabeth C.

    I literally LOVE everything Brooke Brown does!! My kids are obsessed with my STEAM bins year after year! Highly recommend! -Elizabeth C.

  15. Bradley’s Basics

    PERFECT center/station to have available for my early finishers! These STEM Bins keep by students engaged while supporting newly learned concepts too! -Bradley’s Basics

  16. Monika K.

    We’ve been using your STEM Bins for the last seven months, and my students just LOVE them! -Monika K.

  17. Danielle F.

    Love love this idea. As the mother of a very creative, energetic 3rd grader, I think I found the cure for “I’m bored”! Planning to integrate this activity into our new homeschool program. Thank you for sharing your creative genius. -Danielle F.

  18. Sparkling in Second Grade

    These are so fabulous. Easy to assembly, the kids love it! Great for early finishers, indoor recess, or incentives! Thank you for keeping my kids engaged and thinking! -Sparkling in Second Grade

  19. Debbie V.

    This has been one of my favorite purchases. I use it for when students are done with their assignments. Since I started using them I have seen an increase in students completing work. My kids love them and ask to use them for free time also. Thank you so much for this resource. I have been recommending it to other teachers. -Debbie V.

  20. Melinda M.

    This resource was helpful in getting our homeschool started in using STEM/STEAM bins. They are a purposeful way for my kids to practice thinking about math, science, and engineering ideas while “playing”. This makes it easier for me to work with their siblings while they work independently on an activity that doesn’t feel like work. I loved the clear step-by-step instructions, labels and ideas for new materials we can add to our STEAM materials collection over time and I feel like this is an activity that can grow with my kids, since I can easily add or adapt challenges. -Melinda M.

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