When I was planning for our apple activities for kids series, I had a hard time coming up with original ideas. There are tons of amazing apple activity ideas online as well as engineering activities for kids, but I wanted something that was somewhat new but still easy to do.
We love our easy STEM activities, so I wanted to see if we could make an apple activity that incorporated STEM skills. Thus, the apple stacking engineering challenge was born.
I love this activity because it took zero prep, Monkey and Bo could both do it, and it held their attention for almost an hour. It was fun and the girls were able to come up with a surprising number of apple stacking creations using just apples.
Apple Activities for Kids: Apple Stack Engineering
For this challenge, I asked Monkey and Bo to see if they could get the apples to stack. Before we started, I wasn’t sure if the apples could stack.
We found out that in order to get the apples to stack, we had to align them in a specific order. The bumps on some apples fit into the dips on others, which is how we managed to make them stack. Monkey was able to get five or six apples stacked on top of each other, which I found pretty impressive. Bo was able to finally stack one apple on top of another.
After we made straight stacks, we tried to build a larger structure with a base of four or more apples. This was harder to do than the single stack, because the roundness of the apples pushed the base apples apart from one another. Eventually, we were able to create a tall stack and even made a wall out of apples.
Teacher’s Note: The apples did get quite bruised during this project. We ended up using them right away to make our baked apples and to eat as a snack, but I think if you tried to store them again they would start to mold much faster.
So only use apples that you are OK with getting beaten up.