Educational Activities

Spot Challenge: Pattern Blocks!

Materials:   Pattern blocks, printed task cards, ruler, timer(optional) Directions: The ancient Chinese art of tangram puzzles is a popular mathematical problem solving activity.  Can you complete all of the task card challenges? 3-5 Challenges:   Build something with more than 25 blocks Build something 6 inches long and 3 inches high Build something 5 inches…

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Spot Challenge: Lego Brain Puzzles

Materials:  Legos, Paper, Marker Directions: Can you solve this puzzle? Take each set of Lego pieces on the table and see if you can fit them into a 10×10 square! One Lego peg on the Lego brick represents 1 of the 10×10. CHALLENGE: Create your own puzzle and see if your friends can solve it!…

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Spot Challenge: Volcanic Eruption

Materials:  tray/baking sheet, baking soda, food coloring, vinegar Challenge yourself to make a volcanic eruption. Add the liquid to the baking soda on your tray to see what happens!

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Build a Three-Dimensional Sculpture!

Materials:  cut pool noodles, toothpicks Directions: A 3-D object has height, width, and depth like any object in the real world. Can you create a three-dimensional sculpture with the materials provided?? Additional Challenges: Who can build the tallest sculpture? Can you build a three-dimensional shape?

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Spot Challenge: Snowflake Stem

Materials:  Paper, Scissors, and a Timer Fold the paper as seen below and cut out a design to create a snowflake. Create two different types of snowflakes and use a timer to see how different designs affect the falling speeds.

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Spot Challenge: Bucket Towers

Materials:  Bendy Straw, Scissors, Tape, Hole Puncher, String, and Marbles Challenge yourself to create a bucket tower like the examples below. See how many marbles you can add before the bucket tips over.  

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Spot Challenge: Engineering Igloo

Spot Challenge Materials: Cotton balls, White Glue, plastic bowl/cup, Popsicle Sticks, Toothpicks Directions: It is a cold and harsh winter in Antarctica; you are left with very little materials and not a lot of time. Build an igloo shelter using the materials above that will last the whole winter. Keep in mind, the arctic breeze is…

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Spot Challenge: Can You Silence a Jingle Bell?

Spot Challenge Materials:  Reusable/Fillable Plastic Christmas Ornament (a small container would work too), Jingle Bells, Tissue Paper, Pom Poms, Tinsel, Bows Directions: Put the jingle bell inside the Christmas ornament and shake, can you hear the sound it makes?  Your job is to use the materials provided to try and silence the jingle bell.  What…

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Spot Challenge: Gingerbread Man Trap!

Spot Challenge Materials:   Popsicle sticks, tape, cardboard and paper scraps, found materials, paper tubes, pipe cleaners, gingerbread cookie (optional) Directions: Can you design a trap for the Gingerbread Man Cookie and explain how it works?    

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