4 Engineering Challenges for Kids (Cups, Craft Sticks, and Cubes!) - Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls
Here’s a simple open-ended building activity for kids of all ages – Colored craft sticks, wooden cubes, and small plastic cups! Simple materials, and yet we have been having a blast building all kinds of amazing structures with them. This project is the second project in our Summer STEAM Camp series! This week, we are […]
Build a Marble Run with Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls
Of all the many marble runs we’ve built over the years, this is our new favorite! Simple materials and sturdy construction make it a WIN for a wide variety of ages. This would be great for a classroom STEM challenge. It all started the other day when we needed a break from homeschooling. It has […]
Paper Roller Coasters - A STEM Activity, a project from Mr. Cooper
My students need cardstock and 30 rolls of tape to complete this project. Everybody loves roller coasters, or at least watching them, even if it is a marble rolling down a ramp. Imagine the sense o...
Spider Web: Engineering Challenge Project ~ Great STEM Activity!
Engineering Challenge: How fast can your team build a realistic spider web using one container of dental floss? Materials: (per group) One container of dental floss Scissors Timer Sheet of black paper (use as a work mat) This packet contains all the information you need to make this a great en...
Pipecleaner STEM Challenge — Vivify STEM
The Pipecleaner (aka "Fuzzy Sticks") Challenge is one of my favorite STEM activities to introduce students to STEM learning. This is a fun, inexpensive, and engaging challenge that can be tailored to different ages, settings, and time-frames. This challenge is also an excellent team icebreaker.
One Hundred Toothpicks: Engineering Challenge Project ~ Great STEM Activity!
Engineering Challenge: What is the tallest free-standing tower you can build with 100 toothpicks and two cups of mini-marshmallows? Materials: (per pair or group) 100 toothpicks Two cups of mini-marshmallows Containers for supplies (ziploc bags or plastic ones) Ruler or tape measure This packet ...
Build a Chain Reaction with Popsicle or Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls
Did you know that you can build an exploding chain reaction by weaving together popsicle sticks or craft sticks? I saw this post on Pinterest from Mom Trusted, and I knew that the boys would want to try this! (Update: Colored sticks make it even more fun!) The chain stays together as long as you […]
Saving Sam: A Team-Building Activity
In these early weeks of school, it's so important to enforce the idea of teamwork among your classroom. I feel that if you have a classroom that functions as a community, everything runs more smoothly. My teacher and I discussed the importance of team-building exercises among the students this week. She told me that she loves to incorporate them into the classroom and that they usually produce wonderful results! I was more than excited to see it with my own eyes. For our team-building…
10+ Team Building Activities for Adults and Kids
Team-building activities that are super hilarious but also demonstrate key components of teamwork and leadership.
First Week Fun... Saving Fred
School started on Wednesday and I am tee-totally worn out now that it is Friday! I have a great new group of 4th graders and am looking for...