Christmas STEM Challenge Candy Cane FREEBIE

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Formats Included
  • PPTX
10 pages


This Candy Cane STEM Challenge turned out to be the most fun! Students must build a structure with a delightful twist. The candy cane must be part of the structure. And, it must have a reasonable function. This presented a problem-solving opportunity! This is perfect for the month of December, but even after the holiday season those leftover candy canes can provide a fun challenge.

And let’s add even more to this challenge - students must choose the materials they think will work best with the structure because every group builds something different!

After a quick discussion about the task students will be given a challenge card that describes what the team is building. The team will decide what materials will build it best. To make this even more fun the students determine their materials by using a cost sheet and staying within a budgeted amount of money for “purchasing” the materials.

There are 6 challenge cards! The structures include building: a race car, a giraffe, a mini golf hole, a catapult, a musical instrument, or a tower. The constraints for each of these structures are listed on the individual challenge cards.

Suggested materials include CANDY CANES – any size, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, cardboard tubes, string, cups, straws, craft foam, foil, cardboard pieces, construction paper, card stock, masking tape, markers, marbles, and pom-poms. The resource includes ideas for gathering these materials or substituting for them.

This package specifically contains:

  • Detailed materials list
  • Preparation ideas
  • Step-by-step procedures
  • Challenge Task Cards *editable
  • Cost sheet for the budgeting feature *editable
  • Lab Sheet *editable
  • 2 pages of photos and tips
  • Terms of Use

This is a shortened version of STEM Challenges you can find at Teachers are Terrific with only 3 pages of teacher directions and 2 pages of photos. Look for longer and more detailed instructions with the large selection of challenges right here in my store!

PRINTING TIP: This file is in PowerPoint format. Before printing, you may need to save the file as a PDF.

This challenge will need 1 class session (1 hour) to complete.

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