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STEM Safari: Over 60 STEM Challenges for Elementary!

Grade Levels
1st - 4th
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60+ Challenges
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Take your students on a journey of hands-on discovery with STEM Safari!

Over 60 challenges to keep your students engaged and learning all year long!

Perfect for all elementary grades!


  • 18 Elephant Engineering Cards (engineering challenges)
  • 18 Cheetah Challenge Cards (challenges with specific parameters in place)
  • 18 Rhino Riddle Cards ("How can you...?" challenges)
  • 9 Warthog Wonderings Cards (reflection questions and challenges)
  • Buffalo Building Cards (free choice building)
  • Animal Checklist
  • Africa Map
  • STEM Safari Journal
  • Supply Labels with Photographs
  • EDITABLE Supply Labels
  • Suggested Master Supply List
  • Implementation Guide

How STEM Safari Works:

  • During each STEM session, allow students to select a Cheetah Challenge, Rhino Riddle, Elephant Engineering, Buffalo Building, or Warthog Wonderings card to complete. Cards that say “write about it” should be completed in the STEM Safari Journal.
  • As students complete each type of challenge, they check it off on their animal checklist.
  • When students have checked off each animal, they color in one country on their Africa map, then begin a new animal checklist as they “journey” to a new country. With over 60 challenges, there are plenty of options to keep students engaged all school year!

For more detail about using STEM Safari, check out my blog post here!

*Please note: Due to file size, the preview is only a small sample of what is included, and does not show the entire product.*

Distance Learning Tips

  • Upload the challenge cards, student journals, maps, and checklists to your chosen platform
  • Have students choose a challenge card to complete, using common items around the home
  • Have students fill out their journals, checklists and maps to mark their progress
  • If possible, have students upload a picture of their finished products and their journal entries

You may also like Jack and the Beanstalk: A STEM Story This unique rendition of the classic tale has STEM challenges interwoven throughout the story which influence events.

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Total Pages
60+ Challenges
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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