Build an Atom – Intro to Atoms Hands-on Activity


Hands-on Chemistry Activity for Kids

Atom | Proton | Neutron | Electron

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If you have been looking for a hands-on, interactive way to introduce atoms and subatomic particles to your kids, this is the perfect STEAM/STEM activity. This lesson will allow kids to zoom down to the atom level, learn about atomic particles, and create an interactive atom model.

This lesson will help teach even young kids the basic understanding of electron circling a nucleus, which means that this lesson can be used with mixed ages. Ideally, this activity will be perfect for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade aged kids, and can be used at school or homeschool.

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This activity is also perfect for the outdoors, and can easily be done in the schoolyard or the backyard. By taking it outside you will give everyone more room to move.

🚫 Virtual distance learning

🚫 Social distanced classroom

This activity requires students to be near each other mimicking the subatomic particles in an atom.


Time to Complete:10+ minutes


Chemistry, Science




Atom, proton, neutron, nucleus, electron, electron shell, periodic table of elements





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