Spring STEM Activity | Easter STEM Activity | Nice Nest STEM Challenge

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Kerry Tracy Feel-Good Teaching
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2nd - 8th
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This was a very user friendly and fully packed STEM activity. I love the video help and variety of worksheets to choose from. Students were engaged as they worked on this project.
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Nice Nest is a spring STEM or STEAM activity sure to engage and delight your students!

The basic premise:

Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a nest that holds as many eggs as possible using predominantly toilet paper.


Note: This is the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with GOOGLE SLIDES™ instead.

If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.


Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

  • STEM Challenge How-to Video Links
  • Materials and timing
  • Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
  • Measuring results
  • Post-design extension activities list
  • Link to video walk through of this challenge

EDITABLE Student Handouts

  • Criteria & Constraints List (color and B&W)
  • Design Analysis Handouts (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included; color and B&W)
  • Discussion Questions (color and B&W)

Extension templates

  • Process Flow Map
  • Math Extension
  • Bird Research Log (editable)
  • Bird Idioms Log (editable)


This is one of five challenges available for a 40% discount in the Easter STEM Design Challenge 5-in-1 bundle.

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!


Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

  • Toilet Paper (1 roll each; the cheaper, the better)
  • Plastic bowl or container (preferably with transparent sides)
  • Plastic eggs (12 of various sizes or all one size)
    -- If a group creates a nest with greater capacity than 12 eggs, have groups buddy up for testing to share their eggs.
  • Binder clips (4)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn (12 – 24 four-inch strips)
  • Design analysis handouts (included)


– Tape

– Small cups and water to test rain resistance

– Sand or clay to weight the eggs for added difficulty


What do teachers have to say about this resource?

“LOVED it! So did the students!!!”

“The kids loved this activity! I will definitely be doing this again!”

“This was great! Students learned a lot and so easy for me to use!”

"We did this activity with our Pre-K buddies! It was the Pre-K students FIRST STEM CHALLENGE and they loved it SO MUCH! They were so proud of their accomplishments! I was so proud of my 5th graders! They did such a great job!”


Please download the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!


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Total Pages
25 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.


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