Valentine’s Day Heart Building Challenge

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INSIDE: Valentine’s Day Heart Building Challenge a fun and easy STEM challenge for kids. Let your kids design, build, and adjust plans to create a heart shape tower.

Valentine's Day Heart Building Challenge

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Valentine’s Day Heart Building Challenge

This building challenge is super simple to set up but can be challenging for kids.

Here is your challenge: create a heart shape tower using plastic cups and craft sticks. They will need to create the shape of a heart using red plastic cups. Once they have completed that challenge its time to build upwards using craft sticks and more red cups.

Valentine's Day Heart Building Challenge
Valentine's Day Heart Building Challenge

Problem Solving

Afer presenting the challenge to my kids, I asked them to start by thinking about the shape of a heart. Where are the points. My 3 year olds needed some help with this so I showed them a heart shape. With my 7 year old I had her start creating the heart with the cups by thinking about the points in a heart.

Valentine's Day Heart Building Challenge

Then they started adding more cups around they start creating the shape of the heart. Once they completed the base heart it was time to build up. Invite them to use the craft sticks to create a base for the next level cups to stand on. Without a stable base the cups on top will not stand long, as my kids quickly found out.

Valentine's Day Heart Building Challenge

Creating the heart tower turned out to be harder than they realized. They problem solved and realized that they had used too many cups on the base and placed the cups too far apart to create a stable base for the cups on top.

Valentine's Day Heart Building Challenge

After a few adjustments they were able to create a two and eventually three story heart tower.

Making Observations

After a few failed attempts, I asked them to think about what they thought was working and what wasn’t. With my 3 year olds, I made some suggestions of where to tweak their structures and asked if they thought would work better or not and why or why not.

Valentine's Day Heart Building Challenge

This was a fun way to build and to challenge my kids. It was also a great lesson is patience and understanding what a real engineer sometimes has to deal with when creating something new. Trial and error and failures and set backs are all apart of the process of creating something new!

Valentine's Day Heart Building Challenge

Age Suitability for Valentine’s Day Heart Building Challenge

This activity is great for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7.5 year old.

Supplies for Valentine’s Day Heart Building Challenge

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  • Red Cups
  • Large craft sticks

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