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May Grab and Go: STEM Challenges

What do index cards and chenille stems have to do with building? Our May Grab and Go Youth kits feature two different STEM Challenges! 

Index Card Challenge

A single index card doesn’t seem like much, does it? But if you put a few together, even without tape, you’d be amazed at how tall a structure you can create! How tall can you make your index card tower? My index card tower, without any tape, stood about 22” tall!

Index card tower

Can you design something that is strong enough to hold up a book? Two books? More?? I started out cautiously and only put a few books on my four index card columns, but you can see that I ended up being able to add over 20 books!

Be sure to send us a picture of your structure for a chance to be featured on our social media!

index book tower 1index book tower 2index book tower 3

Chenille Stem Challenge

Use the chenille stems to create shapes, structures, or whatever you can imagine! Can you make a 2-dimensional shape? How about a 3-dimensional shape? What else can you create? I used a few chenille stems to spell out one of my favorite words and a cool tower.

Send us a picture of your chenille stem creation for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Chenille stem shapes 2dChenille stem shapes 3d

Do you like building things?

Check out these awesome books! Just click on the cover to read more about them and put them on hold.

Brick 1

Building Zaha 1

Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid by Victoria Tentler-Krylov

Maya Lin 1

Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines: Designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Jeanne Walker Harvey

Prarie Boy 1

Prairie Boy: Frank Lloyd Wright Turns the Heartland Into a Home by Barb Rosenstock

the lego architect 1

The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin

building tough towers 1

Building Tough Towers by Marne Ventura

dreaming up 1

Dreaming up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

fort building time 1

Fort-Building Time by Megan Wagner Lloyd

building on nature 1

From mud huts to skyscrapers 1

From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers: Architecture for Children by Christine Paxmann

wild buildings and bridges 1

Wild Buildings and Bridges: Architecture Inspired by Nature by Etta Kaner

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