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Age Range: 5-7 | 7-11
Duration: 0-29 mins | 30-59 mins
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Parachuting presents

How to make a toy parachute activity for kids

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa and Rudolph are ready to set off but he’s left a present on a shelf in the workshop! Can you help design a parachute to assist the elves send it safely and slowly down to the sleigh? In this Christmas STEM activity, kids will use items at home to make two parachutes and test which one is faster. They will learn about gravity, air resistance and more.

Download the STEM activity sheet below for free. If you’re up for an extra activity, help our present find its way back to Santa’s sleigh in our maze.

And please do share your learning highlights and final creations with us on social media @IETeducation #SantaLovesSTEM or send them via email to to be featured in our online gallery.

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