Here at Science Sparks we love easy STEM challenges. Not only are they great fun but also a wonderful opportunity for children to work together in a hands-on, collaborative and creative manner to solve a problem.
If you want to make a task more challenging try limiting the materials children have access or setting a time limit.
Easy STEM Challenges
STEM Challenges for 3-5 year olds
Make a rocket mouse.
Investigate which objects float from a selection.
Extra challenge – build a boat from plasticine
Create a LEGO tower using one hand. Find three different ways to measure the height of the tower.
Build a tower with blocks and lollysticks.
Create a stick man using sticks and leaves.
STEM Challenges for 6-8 year olds
Build a raft – for older children specify a particular weight the raft should hold.
Extra challenge – build a raft using three different materials, find a way to move the raft over water.
Create a LEGO marble maze.
Find a way to measure how much rain falls over a period of time.
Create a landing pad for a water balloon so it doesn’t break.
Build a magnet powered car.
Build a castle with a working drawbridge.
Find way to make a toy car move without touching it.
STEM Challenges for 9+
Build a catapult using lollysticks.
Design a paper spinner which takes more than 10 seconds to reach the ground.
Blow up a balloon without touching it – try baking soda and vinegar or alka seltzer.
Design and build a water slide using kitchen foil.
Find a way to stand on paper cups without breaking them.
Design a pylon system using pipe cleaners and straws.
Can you think of any more STEM challenges for us?