This St. Patrick’s Day activity is a STEM challenge classic almost as old as time, so I’ve added a twist and a few extensions to keep it fresh!
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- Leprechaun (1)
- Small cups or bowls (1)
- String/yarn (24 – 36 in.)
- Shoeboxes, cereal boxes, tissue boxes and/or or cardboard scraps (distributed evenly among groups)
- Tape (12 – 24 in.)
- Cotton balls (5 – 10)
- Rubber bands (5 – 10)
- Lunch bags or plastic baggies (1 – 2)
- Foil (~12 in. sheet)
- Paper and markers
- Leprechaun Lore List (included in resource)
- Design analysis handouts (included in resource)
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incorporate that piece from the leprechaun lore list. Then they might ask, “Well, even if he can’t vanish, why wouldn’t he just climb out?” That’s where students can explain that maybe this is very slippery, or maybe this acts like a pitcher plant or a Venus fly trap. Definitely let them explain their thinking.