I love this challenge so much! It’s perfect all winter long to keep your kids engaged in learning about forces & motion, simple machines, and more! Plus, the editable resource comes with clip art options for the Christmas version (Sleigh & Slope), or you can keep it winter-based with the Sled & Slope version.


Here’s a little taste of what you might expect!

How to Implement the Challenge

Check out this video walk-through of the challenge to see the materials, criteria & constraints, measuring results, cross-curricular extensions and more:



Materials Needed

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. Amazon Affiliate links are included below.

  • Cardboard, cardstock, cereal box, or paper plates
  • Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
  • Small bows (2)
    • Bows are to symbolize gifts; small candies can be substituted (If you’re doing the Sled & Slope version, you’ll need small people to ride the sleds. Think: little, plastic, green army men. Two riders will work well.)
  • Popsicle/craft sticks (10 – 15)
  • Rubber bands (5 – 10)
  • Foil (12 – 24 in.)
  • Straws (5 – 10)
  • Tape (12 – 24 in.)
  • Scissors
  • Rulers/measuring tapes (tip: pick up paper measuring tapes from Ikea)


• Wood scraps

• Paper bags

• Coffee filters

• Plastic cutlery

• Balloons (rocket boosters)

• String

• Cable ties

Check out all my favorite STEM Challenge Materials here.

Content Connections

  • Simple machines
  • Forces & motion

For additional cross-curricular content connections, check the video at the top of the post.


See the Resource

Christmas / Winter STEM Challenge resources are available on STEMChallenge.com and on Teachers Pay Teachers.






















Go to the Christmas / Winter STEM Challenge Resources Hub


Christmas STEM Challenge Activities





Looking for the perfect Winter - Christmas STEM Challenge to keep kids engaged in actual learning before winter break? In the Sled & Slope STEM Challenge, students build a sled and ramp designed to transport the sled the greatest possible distance. Perfect for your lessons on forces & motion and simple machines! Click through to the blog for all the details, including a full video walk-through so you'll know just what to do!