Whether you want to offer some STEM related playful learning at home or you’re setting up a center at school for kids to use, there are a lot of simple materials that can be used in a variety of engineering challenges. (I’ve written on my blog about how just gathering up the recycling can make a STEM challenge, for example.)
Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls offers four great engineering challenges your kids can do with just three kinds of materials: plastic cups, craft sticks and little wooden blocks.
You can challenge them to do these particular tasks, or just give them the materials and see what they come up with. Or both! I love seeing how my daughter uses different materials and learns about how to balance a structure or make it taller as she goes. It’s so fun to watch kids’ minds work.
Do you keep materials on hand for engineering challenges? I’d love to hear what’s in your building box.
[Photo via Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls.]