Are you looking for a fun and educational activity to do over winter break? The flying reindeer challenge is the perfect combination of science and arts and crafts! You can even learn how it demonstrates Newton's Laws of Motion!
Embrace the holiday season and compete in the flying reindeer challenge as a family. Will grandma's reindeer fly the fastest, or will junior's reindeer run away with the win?
- Recycled Cardboard Tubes
- Googly Eyes
- Bell (optional)
- Pipe Cleaners
- Pom pom, markers, or paint
- Hole puncher
Grab your toilet paper roll and glue a piece of straw lengthwise across the entire roll. Then, punch two holes at the top and bottom of each side of the roll and lace a pipe cleaner from one side to the other. These will be your reindeer's legs!
Curl the ends of each pipe cleaner to create feet. Then, glue a piece of cardboard head at one end of the toilet paper roll and add two googly eyes so the reindeer can see where it's flying. Add a bright red nose to lead the way! Finally, maybe add some flair like antlers to really give your reindeer a competitive edge!
Now let's build the flight course! Lace a piece of string through the straw on the back of the reindeer. Tie one end of the string to something high (like the top of a Christmas tree) and the other end to something lower (like a chair way across the room).
Time to fly! Release your Rudolph at the top of the string and time it as it flies to the bottom. Take turns to see who has the fastest reindeer of them all!
Happy Holidays and we hope you have the best holiday with your family and friends!