Jingle Bell Drop is a fun STEM Christmas activity for kids!
This STEM Christmas activity began just like any amazing problem-solving activity would.
I handed the painter’s tape, paper tubes, and jingle bells over to my five and seven-year-old and asked them to build a jungle bell ball drop. Off they went planning, taping, and designing.
Inquiry-based learning for the win! – a fancy term to acknowledge that children are investigating, problem-solving, and in charge of thier learning.
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What are STEM activities for kids?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We’ve included many of our favorite ways to inspire STEM at home here in our Math toys for kids.
This Christmas STEM activity here changes up the commonly played pom pom ramp and adds jingle bells to enhance the holiday spirit!
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STEM activities often encourage children to:
- Communicate ideas
- Work as a team
- Test hypothesis
- Rethink ideas that didn’t work
- Engage in hands-on learning
- Apply prior knowledge and expand to create new learning paths
- Inspire creativity with child-led learning
- Engage in inquiry-based learning
As children work on STEM activities, plans change, designs need to be retested, and cooperation is necessary. All the life skills that we must work on at school and in the home.
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Remember, this STEM set up is determined by the kids!
To start them off, let’s collect a few simple supplies.
Paper tubes are one of my favorite supplies! I even have an entire collection of 40+ ways to play with paper tubes. It is WILD how quickly a new collection will accumulate and put to multiple uses.
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- Painter’s tape – I am listing delicate because regular tape took some of the paint off our railing. This doesn’t normally happen, but I wanted to give you the heads up!
- Paper tubes
- Extra boxes
- Child scissors –
- Child-friendly scissors
As the boys worked, jingle bells got caught in the tube, adjustments were made, and success was had!