This is an activity to roll an Easter egg through a maze using just the power of air. It’s a perfect Easter STEM activity after your egg hunt to stop all those eggs from being eaten at once. Plus you will only need 3 items that you will likely already have at home. I’ve also included notes below of alternatives to use so that you can do this at any time of the year. On your marks, get set, GET ROLLING………
What do I need?
- Easter egg. Any type is fine.
- Straws. 1 per person playing.
- Playdough. We used 2 batches of our homemade playdough. By making your own playdough you are adding in even more STEM to your kids learning!
How to do it?
Here are the steps to follow:
- Roll out the playdough into long logs or snakes. These will form the walls of your maze.
- Position the playdough into a maze using any configuration you like, but try to have a start and finish position. Let your kids take the lead on creating a design!
- Place your egg in the starting position.
- Blow through your straw towards the egg without touching it. When you get it in the right position it will roll the egg along.
- Keep blowing on the egg to travel it through the maze to the finish.
- Collect all of your playdough, squish it into a ball and make a new maze following steps 1-5 again.
What are kids learning here?
Mazes present some great learning opportunities for kids interested in STEM. In fact, I use them in a lot of ways including with hexbugs, board games and puzzles. This particular activity has several learning opportunities including:
- The physics of force and motion through the force of air through the straw. This includes directional forces, speed and rotation.
- Problem solving and trial and error to build a maze which are critical for STEM.
- Promotes inventive and creative thinking by undertaking this with no instructions. These are great qualities to practice for the STEM fields.
Notes for this acitivty
- Not to be gross, but there can be a lot of spit. I have warned you!
- Blowing through a straw with enough force can take practice. We used a cup of water to practice blowing bubbles during this activity as this gives kids feedback on what they are doing and how to do it correctly.
- These medium sized Easter eggs did take a bit of force to move. Smaller ones are a bit easier.
- A wider straw can help younger kids as they don’t need to be as precise with their directional force onto the egg.
- If you don’t have any Easter eggs, then pom poms or table tennis balls can also work. Just make sure you use what is age appropriate for your scenario.
- If you don’t want to use playdough, then there are lots of other options you could try such as making a maze from cardboard, Lego, blocks, sticks or even teddies! It just needs to form a barrier.
I hope you enjoy doing your Easter STEM activity. Make sure you do this quickly before all your eggs disappear!