STEM Box Challenges

A collection of boxes stacked on top of each other at daycare

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to use reasoning and problem solving skills.

Materials Needed:

  • Boxes in a variety of sizes and shapes
  • Packing tape
  • Household objects of various sizes and weights

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction or 2 or more participants/players.


  1. Place objects of varying weights inside the boxes and seal them. Ask your child to carry them or shake them. Which ones are heavier? Which ones are lighter? What do you think might be in the boxes?
  2. Make a tower with the boxes. How tall can your tower go before it topples? Are some configurations better than others, e.g., starting with larger boxes on the bottom? Encourage your child to measure the boxes and make a graph or chart detailing the towers’ height and other attributes.
  3. Give your child a box challenge: think of a way to move the box from point A to point B without directly touching it with his or her body. You can offer materials such as rope, tubes, a broom, etc.
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A collection of boxes stacked on top of each other at daycare