I will leave a couple of easy ideas that don’t require a lot of expensive supplies.
1. Paper Chain
Materials: 2 sheets of paper for each team (construction or regular paper), glue stick for each team, and a pair of scissors for each team.
Mission: To create the longest paper chain possible only using the supplies you have been given. Have them talk before starting and discuss how to cut the paper into strips, what job each person will have, and ideas they have about the mission.
Materials: container of water to test the boats, aluminum foil, pennies or other objects to create weight for the boat.
Mission: To create the boat that will hold the largest amount of pennies
Give each team a piece of aluminum foil and have them construct a boat/raft/float that will hold pennies. Check first to make sure it will float, then have them add pennies (or whatever item you are using as weights) to the boat until it sinks.
3. Cup Stack
Materials: Solo Cups (6 per team), rubber band (1 per team) and four pieces of string per team (16″ long)
Mission: To be the first team to stack your cups in a pyramid without touching the cups.
Take one rubber band and tie each piece of string equally apart on the rubber band. The students have to work together by holding the string and pulling it at the same time to allow the rubber band to open wide enough to fit over the cup (cups should be upside down). They are only allowed to use the rubber band/string to move and stack the cups.
4. Stained Glass (STEAM)
Materials: coffee filters (one per student), water based markers, paint brush (one per student), cups of water, newspaper/paper towels to use under the filters to keep your tables clean
Students will need to completely color the coffee filter. The more colors they use, the more colorful it will be. After finishing coloring the coffee filters, give each student a paint brush and cup of water-they will then paint the coffee filter. Let dry for several hours or overnight. The colors will blend together; student may cut the filter into a shape and hang in a window or leave the filter as is and hang in a window.