Not sure what holiday inspired activity you want to do this week? Why not add these fun Christmas STEM Challenge Cards to your schedule to get your kids thinking outside the box.
STEM activities are so fun because they get the child thinking, planning, using strategy and building skills to come up with a solution to a problem.
What’s fun about these challenge cards is that they’re all Christmas themed and you can always have fun once it involves Santa and some elves.
STEM activities are beneficial to students because they build on so many skills.
My daughter has always said that she’d like to be an engineer.
How do you even begin to prepare a child for that? There’s so much that goes into learning to be an engineer.
Science, technology, engineering, and math skills all go hand in hand.
When your child learns technology, the learn to keep up with the new tech that is available, while if you refuse to learn, you get lost behind in the times.
This is why my 8 year old can work my TV and I can’t.
Science and math enhance one another particularly if you’re talking chemistry and physics.
I love knowing that girls are working in this field because it can be more heavy but girls in science rock!
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What skills do STEM activities develop?
Your kids learn to be innovative and they get creative using their problem solving skills. They learn through trial and error and can peristant as they work through their problems.
Because things won’t always work on the first try. They learn to experiment as they add more weight or have to take it off to see if their boat will float.
They learn to make adjustments and adapt.
Give your kids a challenge and see how their brain starts working.
They have come up with some of the most creative solutions that I never would have thought of too.
Recommended STEM Books for kids
Did you love these STEM challenge cards? Don’t stop there, grab one of these STEM project books or read about an engineer to help inspire your kids.
STEAM Kids: 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for KidsAwesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build (Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids)100 Easy STEAM Activities: Awesome Hands-On Projects for Aspiring Artists and EngineersRosie Revere, EngineerSTEM Starters for Kids Robotics Activity Book: Packed with Activities and Robotics FactsZoey and Sassafras Books 1-6 Pack
How to do STEM activities at home
Start collecting garbage. Yep, that’s the best way to get started. We have a big junk box that we keep toilet paper rolls, empty plastic bottles and caps, egg cartons, bubble wrap, boxes, cartons and anything else you can find around the home.
Along with junk, you can find any of these supplies below from the dollar store which is a cheap way to stock your STEM supplies.
Supplies for STEM Challenges
- Popsicle sticks
- Pom poms
- Pipe cleaners
- Tape (of any kind)
- Cotton swabs
- Cotton balls
- Plastic cups
- Gumdrop candies
- Tissue paper
- Scrap paper
- Egg cartons
- Aluminum foil
- Toilet paper rolls/paper towel rolls
- Play dough
- Index cards
- Cotton balls
Recommended Christmas Books for Kids
Do you love Christmas? So do I, enjoy any of these Christmas books with your kids and see if you can come up with a STEM challenge to go along with the book.
Little Red Sleigh: A Heartwarming Christmas Book For ChildrenDasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas ForeverHow to Catch an ElfA Silly Milly Christmas (The Silly Milly the Dane Collection)The Magic of Friendship SnowA Gift to Remember
Download the Christmas STEM Challenge cards PDF below
Don’t just save these to your computer, print them out, find your junk supplies and get started with your Christmas STEM activities.
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More Christmas Activities
This super cute reindeer toilet paper roll craft is an easy activity that you can try with your kids this Christmas season.
Do you have a budding scientist? These Christmas chemistry experiments are what you need for kids to have a great learning experience during the holiday season!
These printable Christmas coloring pages will be a great activity to entertain your little one during the holidays. They will have a fun handwriting practice, too!
More STEM Challenges
Domino STEM Challenge by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Egg Drop Challenge by Buggy and Buddy