This is the perfect challenge to get your kids started with STEM!
- They can be creative.
- They can try unusual designs.
- They might try something even more challenging!
- They can try a traditional card stacking method.
- They will be competitive!
- Christmas Version!
Kids will try so many ways to build this tower of cards. They will fold the cards, make zig-zags, try boxes, and a lot of the cards will be rolled.
Speaking of unusual designs… take a look at second graders completing this task.
(They do have tape because they are 2nd graders!) I watched these really small children inventing all sorts of ways to make the cards stand up. They really wanted a rolled card. This is harder to make than you would think.
TIP: The trick with a rolled card is the edges. They must be aligned so the card will stand without slanting. This is hard to do with second grade and the tape helped them. With older students, they have to roll the cards tightly and they do stay together even without tape.
Traditional Card Stacking
Someone always discovers the real trick to this challenge. Fold a card in half and use it as the “column” that holds up a flat card and just keep repeating.
Oh my, this challenge is one of the most competitive that we complete. Every group wants to have the tallest tower possible. Just imagine what happened one day when I told a fifth-grade class that the second graders had towers so tall they had to stand on their chairs to place the top cards.
They got busy quickly to beat the heights of those 2nd-grade towers! (By the way, I do sometimes have to use two meter sticks together to measure the heights of these!)