My kids are
in love with OBSESSED with LEGOs, so I was excited to create a STEM challenge that would stretch their building skills. Voila! That’s how this famous landmark STEM challenge was born.
Prepping the STEM Challenge
Prepping the activity took just a few minutes. I printed the challenge cards on cardstock to give them extra durability and cut apart the pieces.
To help ensure that our set stayed together, I punched a hole in the upper left-hand corner of each card and bound them with a ring.
Since I wanted to sprinkle in a little geography into the activity, I printed the map and laminated it for easy reuse. Then, I marked the four landmarks I was going to have the kids focus on that day: the White House, Eiffel Tower, the Giza Pyramids and Kukulcan Pyramid.
(Using a vis-a-vis marker on the lamination made it easy to wipe the map clean when we built our next set of landmarks later.)
I printed one planning sheet for each child and we were ready to begin!
Building Famous Landmarks
For this first day, I wanted the kids to work through the complete process of planning and designing their structure before diving into the LEGOs, so I gave each of them a planning sheet.
Big Brother (age 6.5) completed the page on his own but I helped Middle Brother (age 5) by writing down the answers he dictated to me.
Once the boys had a solid plan in place, they started building their structures. Middle Brother built a replica of Kukulcan El Castilla.
While Big Brother worked on the Eiffel Tower.
The STEM challenge cards were as motivating as I’d hoped!