This STEM experiment invited children to make a create Elf on the Shelf zip line. Your children will see that the Elf on the Shelf is carrying a Christmas ornament he has taken from a tree. He will need to find a way to get off the tree and head to floor. A zip line is going to be just what he needs.
Getting Ready for the Creative Elf on the Shelf STEM Activity
Before your children can start the activity, you will need to download a copy of the Elf on the Shelf Zip Line STEM Challenge. It includes a copy of the elf and the planning document. You can be printed out on a black and white printer.
Then you will need to gather the materials your children can be used to make the zip line. Here is what you are going to need:
- String or Twine
- Bendy Straws
- Elf Cut Out
- Paper Clips
- Tree Branch (Real or Fake)
- Empty Juice Boxes
Creating Creative Elf on the Shelf Zip Line
Before your children get started they will need to ask the following questions:
- Will the elf travel sit, stand or lay down?
- How can you keep the elf on the zip line?
- What can you attach to the top of the zip line car that will create the least amount of friction?
- How can you make the branch the zip line is attached to stable?
- What can you attach the end of the zip line to?
Next, you will need to decide if you want your children to create a plan for the zip line before they create it or after they have completed it. Remember even if they create a plan they may need to revise it as they build their zip lines.
Then it is time to create the zip line. Your children will need to come up with a branch to attach the zip line to, a zip line car, and ways to attach the zip line at the top and bottom.
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