STEM and seasons match perfectly with fun challenges that involve igloos, penguins, and ski jumps! If you are looking to keep the kids busy and give them something to work on during the school break or a stuck inside day, these printable winter STEM challenge cards are the solution! Get the kids away from the screens and encourage them to invent, design, and engineer their own winter wonderland. Simple STEM is perfect year round.


Fun Winter STEM Activities!

Explore the changing seasons with STEM. These free winter theme STEM activities are perfect for engaging kids in science, technology, engineering, and math as they complete fun challenges!

You need easy ideas for the kids right?

I want these printable winter STEM activity cards to be a simple way to have fun with your kids. They can be used in the classroom as easily as they can be used at home. Print, cut, and laminate to use over and over again.

What do Winter STEM challenges look like?

STEM challenges are usually open-ended suggestions to solve a problem or challenge that is meant to get your kids thinking about and using the design process.

What’s the design process? I’m glad you asked! In many ways, it’s a series of steps an engineer, inventor, or scientist would go through when trying to solve a problem. Read more about that here.

How to set your kids up for winter STEM challenges

Mostly, you have the opportunity to use what you have and let your kids get creative with simple materials.

My pro tip is to grab a large, clean, and clear plastic tote or bin. Every time you come across a cool item you would normally toss into recycling, toss it in the bin instead. This goes the same for packaging materials and items you may otherwise throw away.

Plus, you can make up an inexpensive winter tinkering kit.

Standard STEM materials to save include:

  • paper towel tubes
  • toilet roll tubes
  • plastic bottles
  • tin cans (clean, smooth edges)
  • old CDs
  • cereal boxes, oatmeal containers
  • bubble wrap
  • packing peanuts

You can definitely make sure you have:

  • tape
  • glue and tape
  • scissors
  • markers and pencils
  • paper
  • rulers and measuring tape
  • recycled goods bin
  • non-recycled goods bin

Start with these winter STEM ideas below and build from there. We have new challenges for each new season and holiday!

Click here to get your printable winter STEM cards!