Famous Landmark STEM Challenge

My kids are in love with obsessed with LEGOS so anytime I can add them into a learning activity, I know it’s going to be a hit.

I wanted to find an easy way to incorporate STEM engineering skills into their building routine so I pulled together a batch of 47 cards that would challenge them to build replicas of famous landmarks from around the world. They’re perfect to use in STEM centers, makerspaces, or math stations.

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Awesome STEM challenge! Build famous landmarks from around the world.

Getting Ready

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 lefthand corner of each card and bound them with a ring.

Famous landmarks STEM challenge cards!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.
Mark the Famous Landmarks on the Map(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.

Landmark planning sheet

Once the boys had a solid plan in place, they started building their structures. Middle Brother built a replica of Kukulcan El Castilla.

Awesome STEM challenge! Build famous landmarks from around the world.
While Big Brother worked on the Eiffel Tower.

Awesome STEM activity for kids! Famous landmark challenge cards!

The STEM challenge cards were as motivating as I’d hoped!

Grab Your Set

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Malia

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned founder of Playdough to Plato and The STEM Laboratory - sites sharing addictively fun learning activities for kids. She earned her Master’s in Education from Stanford University and spent seven years teaching in a classroom.

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Hi, I’m Malia.

I’m a National Board Certified Teacher and love showing Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers easy-to-follow systems for getting EVERY student bigger results.