Winter STEM ProjectsSTEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. For most kids, those four subjects can be difficult. I know for me personally, math and science were my worst subjects when I was a student, which is why I try to make those subjects extra engaging when I am teaching. There are some great STEM toys and games out there that make learning fun while bringing it down to a level that students can understand. When I was younger, I wish my school would have incorporated games and toys like this to encourage us in those subjects, which is why I try to work them into my lessons and classroom activities now. Using a few supples from Dollar Tree, you can create these three winter-themed STEM games to use in your classroom or at home!

Alpine Skiing Winter STEM Projects

Game Pieces:

  • Cookie Pan
  • Chenille Stems
  • Peppermint Hard Candies
  • Small Box
  • Ornament Candy Cane
  • Tape

Hit the Slopes and Learn About Balance

Using the cookie pan, students can create their own mini slope by propping one end of the pan up on a small box. They will cut, bend, and tape the chenille stems to create the markers on the hill. The peppermint candy will serve as their skier and their candy cane will serve as their poles. This is a fun and interactive way students can learn about unbalanced and balanced forces plus, race their classmates to see who can get down the slopes first!

BobsleddingWinter STEM Projects

Game Pieces:

  • Cookie Pan
  • Empty Paper Towel Roll
  • Haribo® Gold-Bears® Gummi™ Candy
  • Tin Foil

Don’t Be a Drag

Students will place a sheet of tin foil down on another cookie pan. Using the empty paper towel roll, they will create a half pipe and the Gummi™ candy will be lined up as their bobsledders.  They will then slide the bears both laying down and standing up. They will soon see that the bears lose their center of gravity if they are not laying down. This creates the drag that a bobsled team must avoid in order to have the fastest time.

CurlingWinter STEM Projects

Game Pieces:

  • Cookie Pan
  • Toothbrush or a Straw
  • Ornament Candy Cane
  • Peppermint Hard Candies
  • Marker

Throw on the Skates and Learn About Friction

In the game of curling, the goal is to decrease friction to guide the stone to target. This game helps students see friction in action. Using another cookie pan, students will create their ice rink. Start by drawing the targets onto the pan with a marker. Next, place the sheet in the freezer for a while. When you take it out, pour water on top. The peppermint hard candy will serve as the curling stone. Students will launch their stone using a candy cane. The straw can then be used to guide the stone to the target. For an extra effect, you can use small grains of sand to explore how curlers decrease friction with ice pebbles.

Make sure to end each STEM game by having the students read about each sport. This doesn’t have to be anything lengthy, just something to apply what they’ve learned and better understand the science behind each sport.

Looking for other interactive ways to engage your students this winter? Check out these 3 clever indoor activities for students.

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