Want an easy way to sneak some STEM learning into your building center or LEGO bin? These 4 seasons challenge cards are the perfect solution.
Kids simply grab one and start to build! Or, for students who are ready for a challenge, have them map out their STEM design on the printable brainstorm sheet beforehand.
To prep these STEM challenge cards, I simply printed each set on cardstock to give it extra durability, cut along the faint grey lines to separate the pieces and bound them together with a binder ring to keep the cards together.
I chose to add the spring set to our LEGO bin first, but you could start with any of the four seasons.
4 Seasons of Cards
Middle Brother (age 5) loves anything LEGO, so he was eager to jump in and start building.
He grabbed his first card and started repositioning his blocks to form a butterfly to match.
The challenge was a great way to introduce the concept of symmetry – making both the left and right halves mirror images of each other.
When he was finished, he happily tackled the next cards in the spring-themed batch: a kite, tree, flower, rain boots, umbrella and more.
There were 11 spring cards in all.
Although it wasn’t quite time to pull out the summer, winter and fall STEM challenge cards, here’s a sneak peek at the fun still in store.
Middle Brother will build sand castles, sail boats and crabs this summer…
He’ll create maple leaves, spiders, scarecrows and pumpkins in the fall…
And he’ll design snowflakes, sleds and mittens this winter.
There are 11 STEM challenge cards for each season.