We are staying at my mom’s house this weekend so we could attend the college graduation of my husband’s younger brother. Over the past few weeks, I have seen pictures of my nieces building massive structures during their visits to my mom’s house. I didn’t think much about it until we came in this evening and saw some pretty impressive towers in the dining room. My kids were so excited! I watched them problem solve and strategize how to widen the pyramid they had already built to become even bigger. While they all did some building, the younger two spent almost an hour creating different structures. When they were finished, they easily stacked them up and set them on a shelf for next time.
Did you read that? They played (and learned!) for ALMOST AN HOUR! They were engaged and working together. For about $10 at your local warehouse club, you get over 250 cups. It’s mess-free, easy, no-prep STEM!
If you would like to put more effort into your STEM fun than just handing over a package of cups, there are some great resources to guide you.
- Mrs. Mueller’s Memo has a fun challenge with instructions. In this challenge, the cups cannot be touched with any body part and need to be stacked like the picture in the instructions using only the supplies provided.
- All for the Boys adds some cardstock and minifigures to make another fun building activity.