STEAM Backpacks

STEAM Backpacks

Did you know that you can borrow a backpack filled with hands-on activities for children aged 3-6 years?

STEAM Backpack Infographic ImageOur STEAM backpacks contain age-appropriate, hands-on resources and books for children and parents/carers learning together about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.  With 15 backpacks to choose from, it’s time to get exploring.

STEAM Backpacks are available for check-out at the Library Desk. You can also reserve a pack and we will let you know as soon as it becomes available.

Click on an image below for more information about each pack. 

*Irish language books available for most backpacks, on request*

We hope to engage and inspire young children and their carers to engage with STEAM, and to promote awareness and understanding of the importance and relevance of STEAM to everyday life. We hope that the contents of the backpacks will inspire early scientific exploration, discovery and learning which are key to developing critical thinking, problem solving and innovation in children.

We are encouraging adults to join in with their child learning, exploring and discovering together.

Thanks to Meta, and their Clonee Data Center, for funding this family-friendly initiative as part of their commitment to supporting STEM learning in County Meath.


STEAM Backpack Animals image of the book cover Farm Animals with a picture of a horse on the front, a picture of the box of a game called Where do I Live? and some images of x-rays of different small animals, insects and eggs
STEAM Backpack Bugs Bees and Butterflies contents images of a pop up port a bug container, a butterfly jigsaw and the cover of a book called Why Do We Need Bees?
Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
STEAM Backpack Build It assorted contents picture of a book cover called The Most Magnificent Thing, a Deluxe Building Set Box with an image of different coloured gears and a happy boy on the front, and an image of a wooden block wall puzzle with a wooden bird on the top
Build It
STEAM Backpack Coding
STEAM Backpack Colour and Art
Colour and Art
STEAM Backpack The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors
STEAM Backpack I'm a Scientist
I'm a Scientist
STEAM Backpack Magnets
STEAM Backpack Maths
STEAM Backpack Motion, Gravity & Forces
Motion, Gravity & Forces
STEAM Backpack Music
STEAM Backpack My Amazing Body
My Amazing Body
STEAM Backpack Space
STEAM Backpack Water
STEAM Backpack Weather

Conditions of Use

  • The STEAM backpacks are designed for children aged 3-6 years but adults should use their own judgement on age suitability.
  • Library Membership is free to any individual who lives, works or goes to school in Co. Meath.
  • The loan period is three weeks.
  • The loan period may be extended by renewing the item online, by phone or in person, unless it is requested by another person.
  • One backpack may be borrowed at a time.
  • Children using the toys and resources should be monitored at all times. Please check the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding safety, weight restrictions, choking hazards and age suitability.
  • All toys should be checked and cleaned before being returned.
  • In the interests of Health & Safety, please inform staff if equipment is incomplete or faulty or needs to be replaced. Please also inform staff if batteries need to be replaced.
  • Toys and books may vary slightly from the catalogue but will function in the same way. Items listed here are current at time of publication (August 2022).
  • To ensure availability, please reserve the backpack you would like in advance by phone or email to your local library.
  • You can also reserve a backpack online using your library barcode (from your library card) and PIN number at