STEM Challenge for Kids: Design a Paper Plate Marble Maze

In this STEM challenge for kids, children will create a paper plate marble maze game inspired by pinball machines using just a few common craft supplies and a marble.

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STEM Challenge for Kids: Create a paper plate marble maze

In our most recent science club, I challenged my students to create a pinball-like marble maze game using a paper plate, some basic craft supplies, and marbles. Kids created all kinds of cool structures on their paper plates for their marbles to go through as they tilted the plate different directions using their hands.

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STEM for Kids: Design a Paper Plate Pinball Game

 

Materials for Paper Plate Pinball Challenge

 

STEM Challenge for Kids: Create a paper plate marble maze

Directions for Paper Plate Pinball Challenge

If your students are not familiar with pinball machines (yes, we’re that old!), watch some pinball machine YouTube videos together. Notice the different ramps, bumpers, and other pinball machine parts.

1. Provide each child with one paper plate and access to various craft supplies. I demonstrated how to create some simple arches using strips of construction paper. I also provided each student with their own individual pack of Wikki Stix. (You can also buy them in large quantities.) You can do this activity with just construction paper and tape, or try other materials as well, like pipe cleaners or straws.

 

2. Let the kids get busy creating and testing out their pinball machines with marbles.

 

STEM for Kids: Paper Plate Pinball Machines

 

The kids loved using Wikki Stix to create paths for their marbles.

STEM for Kids: Paper Plate Pinball Machines

 

Some kids used construction paper to create ramps and pockets in their pinball games and even designated point values for different arches!

STEM for Kids: Paper Plate Pinball Machines

 

The kids had a blast with this science project and even got so excited about the activity, they were trading finished pinball plates for their friends to try!

 

STEM CHALLENGE FOR KIDS: Design a paper plate marble maze


STEM Challenge for Kids: Create a pinball like marble maze game using paper plates and other basic craft materials. Fun design and building challenge! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com

Comments

  1. I used this idea for our STEM night at my school. We had Pre-K through 6th graders making the paper plate pinball games, They LOVED it! I found that Wixi sticks are perfect since you need no glue or dry time. Thank you so much for the idea!!

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