In the book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, the snowman can fly. This STEM design challenge is based the book invites your children to design a snowman and make it fly. What fun it will be to see how unique and special each child’s snowman looks! It will be equally fun to watch each snowman fly up Christmas themed cords or ribbons.
Wait! What is a STEAM activity?
A STEAM activity experience or activity involves two or more standards from science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. It involves project-based learning
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
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The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a classic wordless Christmas storybook for children is a fantastic book to read and tell the story of The Snowman that comes alive on Christmas. Turned into a film it’s a firm favourite in our house every year to watch and make Christmas Memories together.
Getting Ready for the STEAM Activity
Printing Out the Planning Document and Snowman
You will need to download the STEAM design challenge printable set. Then you will need to print out a planning document for each of your children. You will only need to print out the snowman outline for every two of your children. There are two snowmen on each page.
Gathering the Supplies
You will need the following supplies for this STEAM Challenge:
- One Straw Per Child
- Three Feet of Fun Holiday Ribbon or Holiday Twine
- Snowman Decorating Supplies:
- Popsicle Sticks
- Snowman Outline
Putting the STEAM Activity Together
You can have your children plan their snowman on the planning document before they get started. If you just want them to start with decorating the snowman that will be fine. Please remind your children that their snowman doesn’t have to look like the snowman in the book.
If the head or the body of their snowman starts to droop or hang forward after it is decorated, they can tape a popsicle stick to the back of it.
Next, they will need to cut their straw into two pieces. They will then tape the two pieces vertically parallel to each other on the back of the snowman.
Then thread each of the ends of the cord or ribbon through the top the straws. That will create a loop above the straws.
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Making Their Snowman Fly
Your children will need to place the loop at the top of their cord or ribbon on a door or cabinet knob.
They will slowly alternate pulling one cord and then the other with a rocking motion to make the snowman rise up the ribbon or cord. It will look like the snowman is flying.
Encourage them to try to make the snowman fly up the cord slowly and then really fast.