Looking for a fun Thanksgiving STEM or Thanksgiving STEAM activity? Combining festive cranberries and your kids’ engineering and motor skills, this STEM project comes just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Kids can flex their creative muscles and experiment with strength, sturdiness and height of different geometric cranberry structures. This fun cranberry Thanksgiving STEM engineering activity is the perfect distraction for kids (even your preschoolers) while you prepare for the big meal!
- Fresh cranberries
Use cranberries and toothpicks to build Thanksgiving STEM structures, towers, people, houses…the possibilities are endless! We made a box shape, a house and a mix mash of whatever the three-year-old wanted to create. I love that this was SUPER easy and not messy, so it would be a great activity for the kids to do while you prepare for the holiday. Once you’re done, the cranberries can be used for fresh sauce perhaps!
Toothpicks and cranberries encourage visual and fine motor skills for kids as well as motor planning (especially good for the littles). Finger dexterity and patience are also a plus. There is problem solving (What happens when you connect these toothpicks? How do we keep our tower from falling?) and designing. I love these activities to encourage imagination and creativity.
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Photos & content by: Heather Kucenski