This valentine box STEAM challenge is a wonderful way to encourage students to build design and engineering skills.
Send it home as a family STEAM activity or send it up as a STEM center – either way, it’s sure to be a hit!
First, you’ll need to decide if this will be done at school or at home. If you’re doing it in class, you can have parents send in boxes or get the flat rate boxes from the post office.
(Did you know that they will even ship them to you for free?)
Then gather together supplies kids can use to decorate their box:
- tissue paper
- construction paper
If you’re using it as a home project, send home this free note (download below)! It explains the activity and includes a space for you to enter the due date.
I like to give families two weeks to work on the project – it is a great chance for families to create something together!
This year, I decided to have my class work on the project at home.
They mapped out their plan on the design sheet – drawing their design and making a list of their materials – before taking their supplies home to build their box.
I let students get creative.
When challenges arose, I encouraged them to use their “engineering” brain to solve them independently.
As designs were turned in, I loved giving students the opportunity to share what they engineered. Sharing was a great way for students to explain their design thinking and learn from each other.
My students are eagerly counting down the days until they can fill their STEAM valentine boxes with notes from friends.