We have so much fun with easy engineering projects for kids including building structures. Building with jelly beans is something we haven’t tried until now! Perfect for Easter STEM, our jelly bean structures turned out to be an exciting engineering activity. For a little something different, we added a Peeps challenge (see below)! You can make holiday theme science and STEM easily!
BUILDING WITH JELLY BEANS FOR EASTER STEM!
What is STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math! It may sound fancy and intimidating but STEM is all around us and especially young kids just discovering the world. You can read more about STEM here and check out our STEM A-Z resource guide!
This is a super easy STEM activity or challenge! Kids love to build things! It’s always a wonderful activity for improving so many skills both physically and mentally. By using just two simple items, you get a neat Easter theme engineering activity.
Simple ingredients for simple STEM is what we love the most and want to share with you!
BUILDING WITH JELLY BEANS
Set out two bowls, one for the toothpicks and one for your chosen building material (jelly beans). I thought adding peeps would be a fun way to make a STEM challenge! Plus we always do a little taste testing.
STEM CHALLENGE: Build the peeps a nest or a shelter!
For another cool Peeps STEM challenge (because you know you bought a few packs), check out this STEM challenge from my friend Katie!
Our Easter STEM project building with jelly beans is great for multiple ages to try together. We found jelly beans can be tough to push through, so younger kids might do better with gumdrops! They are pretty fun for building wth too.
PEEPS STEM CHALLENGE
Building with jelly beans was just part of this Easter theme STEM activity. We added the peeps and I challenged my son to create a structure to protect his peep. We made a couple bird houses, a tent, and a nest for our peeps.
Building with jelly beans offers many learning opportunities for kids. Problem solving, designing, planning, and building all come into play when you start building with jelly beans and toothpicks. You have to create supports, balance weight evenly, and determine the size and shape.
Building structures is also a great fine motor activity for kids.
Use up some of that Easter candy with a simple engineering project for kids. Enjoy Easter STEM while building with all those jelly beans and peeps. What will you build this Easter?
KIDS WILL LOVE BUILDING WITH JELLY BEANS AND PEEPS FOR EASTER STEM!
FIND MORE GREAT PEEPS SCIENCE HERE! Click here or on picture below.