September 29, 2016

Halloween STEM Challenge: Treat Toss

Halloween STEM Challenge: Treat Toss is an engaging, collaborative, hands-on activity in which students design a device to toss candy to trick-or-treaters at a distance.

I'm so, so sorry ... I just checked the calendar. I have to inform you that Halloween falls on a Monday this year.  Let's stop here, so we can observe a moment of silence.

OK, let's be realistic: to achieve actual learning on Halloween and the day after Halloween, you're going to have to shake things up. This calls for a hands-on, ultra-engaging activity! Wouldn't you know it, I've got just the thing: Treat Toss! 


Mr. Jones is sick. He wants to give candy to trick-or-treaters, but doesn't want to get them sick. He needs a device to allow him to toss the treats to the kids. In partners or groups, students design and build a device to help Mr. Jones toss candy to trick-or-treaters.

Halloween Ban?

If you aren't technically allowed to conduct Halloween activities in your classroom, not to worry! Connect this challenge with levers and other simple machines. There's no proprietary link between Halloween and candy. You can always find ways around a Halloween ban!

Where Can I Find Out More?

Want to know more about materials and how to modify the challenge for your kids? See the video below for a walk-through of all that and more.

Are There Others Like This?

Have we met?! Of course there are others! This is one of five Halloween challenges. Starting Sept. 8, I'll be posting one Halloween STEM challenge video every Thursday to my YouTube channel.

Until then, you'll find the Halloween bundle briefly described in this post

All challenges are available individually and in discounted bundles in my TpT store, as well.

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