Valentine's Day STEM Activity - Cupid's Quiver

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Kerry Tracy Feel-Good Teaching
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Looking for Valentine’s Day activities that your students will love but are more than just a craft to pass the time? The Cupid's Quiver Valentine’s STEM Challenge Activity will keep your students engaged in brain-busting work disguised as fun!

The basic premise:

In groups, students will design and build a bow & arrow set for Cupid’s Valentine’s Day target practice. (Designing the quiver is optional.)

  • Option: if you find bow & arrow design too difficult, modify the challenge to make throwing darts instead.
  • Students will aim for high scores as they take three shots each at a Valentine’s themed target. Final scores are taken as the sum or average of their personal and/or team results.


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 (TM) instead.


Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

  • Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
  • Materials and timing
  • Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
  • Measuring results
  • Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Handouts Post-design extension activities list
  • Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

EDITABLE Student Handouts

  • Criteria and Constraints list (in color and black & white provided)
  • Recording Results (2 options: sum or average scores)
  • Design Analysis (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students in color and B&W included)
  • Discussion Questions (in color and B&W)
  • Cupid's Target (Nine 8.5 x 11 inch pages in landscape format -- in color and black & white versions -- for you to print and arrange)

Extension templates

- Cause & Effect Notes (editable)

- Cause & Effect Practice (3 versions; editable)

- Process Flow Map

- Math Extension


This is one of five challenges available in the Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge bundle at a 40% discount!

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


Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

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

  • Straws (5 – 10)
  • Cotton balls or sponge pieces (5)
  • Water colors or tempera paint (small cup per team)
    Groups dip arrowheads in the “love potion” before taking aim. If the whole class uses one target, each groups needs a different color paint.
  • Pipe cleaners (5)
  • Craft sticks (3 - 5)
  • Tape (24 in.)
  • String (24 in.)
  • Rubber bands (5 - 10)
  • Scissors
  • Target prints (one per class or group)
  • Record results & analysis handouts


• Unsharpened pencils

• Plastic knives

• Feathers


What do teachers have to say about this resource?

“My sixth graders LOVED this STEM challenge. I really appreciated the data collection pages and precise directions that were included. The videos linked to the product were also very helpful.”

“Students loved it! Easy to use with our STEM buddies in K & 1!”

“You could definitely do this for a whole afternoon, or over a few days. My fifth graders loved it! I chose to take the whole afternoon so we could design, build, get in all the trials, revise our designs, and try again. Very engaging!”

“This was a wonderful activity. All students were engaged and excited. You broke it up and made it easy for teachers to understand each step.”


You might also like these resources:

STEM Challenges & Bundles (grades 2 – 8):


Late Winter STEM Bundle

St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenge Activities Bundle

Valentine’s Day STEM Activities Bundle

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE


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


Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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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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