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Christmas Tree Challenge: A Christmas STEM Activity

Christmas Tree Build: A Christmas STEM activity is a great way to plan some fun problem-solving and group work into that last hectic week before Christmas! We will be doing this challenge later this week in my fifth grade classroom, but I thought I’d share the set-up and the Christmas Tree Challenge Worksheet as a free download for you to use in your own classrooms. 


Christmas STEM Activity – The Christmas Tree Challenge

In this STEM challenge, students are given gumdrops and toothpicks and challenged to create the tallest Christmas tree possible.

Here’s how the #ChristmasTreeChallenge will go down: Each group of 3-4 students will be given:

The challenge is simple. Groups are to work together using only the provided materials to create the tallest Christmas tree possible. After they have completed their structure, they are to use the worksheet to record their data and reflections. 2015-12-141

Join the Fun!

Simply get your materials ready and download the FREE worksheet HERE. If you have a blog, please feel free to add a link to your #ChristmasTreeChallenge post below. If you don’t have a blog, you can email your photos to me (no faces, please), and I’ll gladly add them to this post! Also, feel free to share all your photos of the Christmas STEM activity challenge via social media with the hashtag #ChristmasTreeChallenge. Make sure you are following me on Instagram and Twitter to see my additional photos. 😀 

Happy Christmas Tree Building!

Looking for More Seasonal Learning?

If you love connecting your classroom learning to the seasons or holidays then you must check out these other posts. Here are many seasonal activities that will engage your students while still keeping them focused on the important skills and standards they need.


Shelly Rees

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I'm Shelly Rees of Appletastic Learning. First and foremost, I'm a mom of 4 boys, wife of 25 years to Aric, and Wyoming girl at heart. I love being creative, making resources for teachers, baking cookies, Diet Coke, teaching, public speaking, and spreading kindness wherever I can. After teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 23 years, I retired early and focused on creating and helping teachers around the world with my teaching ideas and resources. I also serve as a mentor to hundreds of teacherpreneurs and help them get focused on growing their own successful businesses. With 100% honesty, I LOVE my life! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Read More

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