As you may know, STEM is an acronym and it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM activities comes in a shapes, sizes and use all kinds of materials, as long as you apply all four pillars of knowledge. In this post, we will make some gingerbread cookie STEM activities for girls and boys to try at home this holiday season.
Gingerbread Books and Cookies
For any activity we do in our homeschool, we like to read books about that topic. Here are some fun gingerbread cookie books to read for this topic. Also, for our STEM activities, you will need at least 4 dozen gingerbread cookies for each child.
Gingerbread BabyThe Gingerbread PiratesTen Tiny Gingerbread MenThe Gingerbread ManGingerbread ChristmasThe Gingerbread Book: 54 Cookie-Construction Projects for Party Centerpieces andScott’s Cakes Hand-Rolled & Fresh Baked Undecorated Mini Christmas GingerbreadScott’s Cakes Hand-Rolled & Fresh Baked Undecorated Large Christmas Gingerbread
Gingerbread Cookie STEM Activities for Girls and Boys
For the STEM activity, I introduced the kids to gingerbread cookies, we tasted them and we read some books about them. Then we started off easy. We made a vertical stack of the cookies. The key was to keep it balanced so it doesn’t tip over. Once my daughter built the tallest tower she could before it tipping over, we measured it to include Math in our activity.
We used Science (physics) and Engineering for the building part. Lastly, we used technology (our DSLR camera) to have the kids take pictures. They photographed their creations to compare the ones they made first to the ones they made after they got more confident and more familiar with this STEM activity.
My son made the horizontal row instead of a tower. This one was a challenge for him at first because he had to figure out how to keep the gingerbread cookies vertical. Then he got it: he stood two back to back and then built the row on either side of them! This took some testing and some thinking, but it was worth it.
Critical thinking, Logic and Problem Solving skills are some of the most important and some of the most lacking skills in these newer generations. Activity like these are not only a lot of fun, but they are very beneficial for kids!
Once my children got more confident, they enjoyed coming up with many amazing creations and designs! They had such a great time and the fun really started when they began challenging each other with things like “who can build a support to carry the most gingerbread cookies?” and “who can build the tallest gingerbread cookie pyramid?” Check out more gingerbread cookie STEM design ideas HERE!
STEM Kits for Kids
Engino Discovering STEM Newton’s Laws Inertia, Momentum, Kinetic & PotentialCraft-tastic Tinkering Kit – Craft Kit Makes 8 Different STEMK’NEX Education STEM EXPLORATIONS: Levers & PULLEYS Building Set BuildingEngino Discovering STEM Structures Constructions & Bridges Construction KitEngino Discovering Stem: Levers, Linkages & Structures Building KitSTEM at Play Launch! Rocket Science Lab Kit
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