December Dollar Tree STEM Boxes

Today I am sharing my December Dollar Tree STEM Boxes. With Christmas just around the corner we have all kinds of treats around the house. I decided to challenge the kids to use these treats to complete some fun December STEM projects.

Challenge #1: Make a Christmas Tree

December Dollar Tree STEM Boxes: Make a candy cane mazeSuggested supplies:

  • Sugar cones
  • Frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • Assorted candy 
    We used: Red Hots, Reese’s Mini Cups, Reese’s Pieces, Mike and Ikes, Rolos, and M&M’s

Christmas STEM Make A Christmas Tree 1

December Dollar Tree STEM Boxes Make a Christmas Tree

December STEM Make A Christmas Tree Snack

This was a super easy edible craft. I think all three of the children had fun making it. Even Kenten who thinks he is too cool to do a lot of these projects now.

Challenge #2: Make marshmallow snowflakes.

December Dollar Tree STEM Boxes: Make marshmallow snowflakesSuggested Supplies:

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Toothpicks

December Dollar Tree STEM Boxes Make Marshmallow Snowflakes

Miss Julia had a lot of fun creating her marshmallow snowflake. I think she may have ate more marshmallows than she actually used to complete this challenge though (ha).

Challenge #3: Make a candy cane maze.

December Dollar Tree STEM Boxes: Make a candy cane maze

Suggested supplies:

  • Candy canes
  • Paper plates
  • Christmas erasers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Replacement glue sticks

December Dollar Tree STEM Boxes Make a Candy Cane Maze

This was Jack’s favorite challenge… Mainly because he got to use the hot glue gun by himself. He may or may not have burnt my fingers multiple times during the process.

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Dollar Tree STEM Boxes

Welcome to Homework and Horseplay!

Are you ready to take on a challenge? You came to the right place. Dollar Tree STEM Boxes are the perfect way to push your children to new limits and add a twist to your homeschool. So what exactly is STEM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. All of which are important components to succeeding in our modern world. 

I will update this page monthly with my new Dollar Tree STEM Boxes, so you can take on the challenge too! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram to see us in action.

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November Dollar Tree STEM Boxes

Today I am sharing my November Dollar Tree STEM Boxes. With Thanksgiving just around the corner it is the perfect time for cornucopias and pilgrim ships, so I challenged my children to make their own.

Challenge #1: Build a pilgrim ship.

Build a pilgrim ship STEM supplies


Suggested Supplies:

  • Tinfoil
  • Paper plates
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue

This was by far our  most difficult challenge this month! We were able to build a few different ships, and tomorrow afternoon Jack and Julia want to put them to the test. Will they sink or will they float?

Challenge #2: Make a cornucopia snack.

Make a cornucopia STEM supplies



Suggested Supplies:

  • Waffle cones
  • Paper towel
  • Water
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Sprinkles
  • Assorted candy

We first attempted to “soften” the ends of the cones with wet paper towels so we could bend the ends up like a real cornucopia, but that just ended in a sticky mess. In the end the kiddos didn’t mind… After all, chocolate is chocolate!

Challenge #3: Solve the turkey math problems.

Turkey math STEM Box

Turkey Math from Homework and Horseplay

I made these cute turkey math problems years ago for Jack. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I watch my cousin’s daughters and the oldest one likes to do “school” with us. She is only 2 right now, so I am going to write just numbers on the back of the feathers and she can find the matching numbers. Even though I put this box together for the girls, Jack had fun reviewing his math skills to set these up for pictures.

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Dollar Tree STEM Boxes

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay. Today I am sharing some tips for how I create STEM boxes.

You can watch the video below to hear my top tips for creating your own STEM boxes. If you are not sure what STEM is, here is a break down…
So, STEM boxes are simply boxes with different challenges in them that focus on at least one of those four categories.

Recap time…

Here are my top tips (just in case you would rather read them instead of listening to me babble):

  1. Pick a theme.
  2. Shop somewhere affordable, such as the Dollar Tree.
  3. Choose a box with a lid.
  4. Create challenge cards.
  5. Put all the materials needed inside the STEM box.
  6. Allow this to be an open ended challenge and encourage your children figure it out on their own!

Halloween STEM Boxes

As I said in the video, the theme I chose for this month is Halloween. I created three different challenges for my children to complete.

Challenge #1
Build a bone bridge.


  • Q-tips
  • Clothes pins
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

Challenge #2
Build a candy corn house.Supplies:

  • Candy corn
  • Tooth picks

Challenge #3
Make a spooky monster.

  • Cupcake wrappers
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom-poms
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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Want to check out some more Halloween fun? Last week during Tea Time Tuesday we had a Halloween party with friends. You can see our spooky afternoon here.