Uh, oh Santa and the elves need some help! Build and design your own toy chute to help Santa. This simple and low prep preschool stem activity will help engage your young learner as they discover, experiment and problem solve to find the best way to build a toy chute.
Preschool STEAM Challenge: Can you build a toy chute to help load Santa’s sleigh?
Materials: Wrapping paper tubes, Painter’s tape, a variety of small size toys, Small Gift Box
Step 1: Build and Design your toy chute.
This first step is optional but does make it fun! Wrap empty cardboard tubes with leftover wrapping paper.
Next, tape your cardboard tubes to a wall using painter’s tape (regular tape will pull the paint off your walls).
Step 2: Test your chute!
What toys fit in your chute?
Experiment with different size toys to see which toys fit in the chute and slide the fastest.
Try repositioning your cardboard tubes. Do the toys slide faster or slower?
Step 3: Place a small gift box at the bottom of your toy chute.
How fast can you fill a small size gift box with toys?
Science: What causes the toys to slide down the chute? Which toys slide the fastest? Which toys slide the slowest?
Technology: Use a stop-watch or timer to see how fast you can fill a small gift box with toys using your chute.
Engineering/Design (Art): Build and design your toy chute.
Math: Sort your toys by size.
How can you engineer a toy chute to help Santa and his elves?
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