One day while searching Pinterest, I came across this STEM activity using index cards. I was intrigued because it is building things, which my boys love, but it was also a cheap science activity that could be used in a larger group setting, like the homeschool group we started.
Index Card Tower
The children were divided into pairs, and were given a stack of index cards. They were told to build the highest tower they could only using the index cards. They could manipulate the cards in any way they needed, but they could only use the cards I had given them. We had the pairs move to different areas in our house so that they could not see what the other groups were doing. After a given amount of time the kids walked around to see, analyze and learn from the different groups.
This activity was a lot of fun with a large number of kids, because you were able to see so many different thoughts when it came to building the tower. We would not have seen the different building ideas, had it just been the boys and I.
Thing 1 and his partner’s tower
Thing 3’s tower. In order to keep him from messing up Thing 1 and his partner, I gave Thing 3 his own cards so he could create.
Thing 3 also built this dog after the activity was over.
Have you ever built with index cards?