STEM Storytime - Pompom Poppers



1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT
Who should attend?
Early Years, K, 1, 2, 3

Join Let's Talk Science Outreach to read Robert Munsch’s book, “Up, Up, Down” and complete a hands-on science activity about forces and motion!

Students will explore how applying different forces affect how far an object travels. Using everyday household items, students will then create their very own pompom poppers.

For this activity, students will need:

-a paper cup (preferably 8-10 ounce size, but a smaller one would work too. A toilet paper roll could also be used instead)

-scissors to cut the end of the cup (an adult’s help is needed for this step for younger children. You may also choose to pre-cut out the bottom before the session) 

-1 balloon

-a piece of tape roughly the length of the circumference of the cup (duct tape or masking tape preferred)

-1 or more pompoms (or something small and light to launch, like mini marshmallows, pieces of a sponge or cotton balls)


See the following image for a sample of a finished pompom popper:

Please join us for our weekly STEM Storytime series on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. ET in English! We will start again in the new year on January 11. If you cannot make it to a live session, feel free to register and you will be sent a link to the recording afterwards. 

You can find upcoming listings on the events section of the Let’s Talk Science website: