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:
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.)
- Rulers/measuring tapes (tip: pick up paper measuring tapes from Ikea)
• Wood scraps
• Paper bags
• Coffee filters
• Plastic cutlery
• Balloons (rocket boosters)
• Cable ties
- 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