STEM Challenge Student Gift Idea

Hi friends!  Whew!  Is this a busy time of year, or what??  So busy in fact, that I recently realized I had not ordered books for my students' Christmas gifts!  EEK!

That kind of left me scratching my head for a bit.  BUT, I think I've come up with an idea that I like even better.  There's a big push towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning right now and I'm a huge believer in gifting experiences to people.  Combine those two things and I've come up with a new little gift for my students!

The best part is, most of these supplies I collected from my classroom - no money needed! :)  The goal will be for students to use ONLY these supplies (scissors and tape are allowed) to create a device that will launch a snowball (white pom-pom) across the room.  I'm hoping this will be a win-win in that it will help fight that boredom that sets in over winter break and it will keep my students' brains engaged a bit!  Who knows - they may be able to get the whole family to join in for some quality family fun time!  I mean, that's what the holidays are all about right!

With the supplies included, I can envision my little scientists creating slingshots, canons, or even snowball blowers!  I can't wait to see/hear about what they create! :)

In keeping with the snow theme, I also included the classic "Snowman Soup" for students to enjoy as they work on their creations.  Super cheap!

I tossed it all into a white sack and kept with the snow theme by decorating the bag to look like a snowman and adding the little gift tag along with the STEM Challenge instructions.

If you're looking for something different for your students' gifts....or are empty-handed and in a pickle at the moment like I can pick this little packet up for FREE in my shop right now!  ENJOY! :)


  1. This is really great idea to make these gifts in this form! Thank you for sharing this because you are not the one who has forgotten to order Christmas gifts for students. I have recently read coolessay review and thought of writing my own essay on topic how students can be rewarded due to Christmas.

  2. Hi Amanda! I love your ideas and would love to download the forms, but when I click on 'FREE,' nothing happens! Should I be clicking somewhere else? Thank you!

    1. My email is, if you'd like to email me! Thanks!

  3. I posted on my blog about my class doing this project!


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