Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Apple Toothpick Tower Challenge!

This Apple Toothpick Tower Challenge is a fantastic STEM activity, science experiment, and snack activity...AND it ties in wonderfully with apple themes and fall!

One of our favorite things to do with marshmallows is to build towers, but as my sugar-free child has started to get more involved in our activities, I haven't been pulling out marshmallows nearly as often.  The other day, I looked at our apple pile and I realized something: apples could create a whole new challenge!  

It turned out to be the best edible engineering activity ever!  Our kiddos loved poking the apples with the toothpicks and creating their own towers even more!

To set up your own Apple Toothpick Tower Challenge, you need these

Simple Supplies:

* Apples
* Toothpicks
* Knife
* Paper Plates (optional)

Easy How To:

1.  To prepare, cut the apples in half and flip them upside down.  This makes it really easy to slice the apples into relatively flat pieces and cut them into smaller "building blocks."

2. Give your children a pile of apples and toothpicks, and let them get busy creating!

Check out all our other Preschool Apple Activities here!!

This year I'm joining a fantastic team of bloggers to share activities that are appropriate for 2nd graders!  Once a week, this team will bring you fun, interactive, hands-on activities and printables that are perfect for this age group!  Mine will also all be easy to adapt for kiddos from PreK - 3rd grade, since those are the ages I work with!  This week the team is bringing you loads of "Apple" ideas!  Check them out:

How to use an apple to explain basic fractions from Crafty Kids at Home
  Apple Array Practice for Second Grade from Look! We're Learning!
  Apples Graphing Activity from Sallie Borrink Learning
  Free Number Order Printable Apples from Life Over C's
  Preserve an apple from getting brown from Planet Smarty Pants
  Apple Descriptions {adjectives} from School Time Snippets
  Nouns and Verbs - Apple Theme from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
  Black and White Apple Prints: A Lesson in Contrast from Creative Family Fun
  Apple Toothpick Tower Challenge from Preschool Powol Packets

Happy Educating, 

I may share at any of these parties!

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Katherine A Rayne said...

I love this idea...we are using apples our second week of school and we will have leftovers. This is perfect for us. Thanks..great idea!