Pumpkin Tower STEM Activity

Looking for a fun fall or Halloween STEM activity for your students that’s hands-on and engaging? You’ve come to the right place! Make a candy pumpkin tower to practice fine motor skills, engineering, predictions, critical thinking, and more! Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.

Have students make a pumpkin tower for a fun STEM activity to engage your class. Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.

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Candy Pumpkin Tower

We have several great Halloween STEM activity ideas! Check them all out here. Candy pumpkin towers are perfect for small groups, centers, or a mini competition in class! You can do them all fall or just for Halloween. You won’t believe how frighteningly easy it is to make these! The hard part will be getting the students to build the tower before eating their building materials haha.

All You Need:

  • Toothpicks
  • Candy Pumpkins (Candy Corn or Jelly kind both work)
  • Excited students!

That’s it! Only a few simple things and you’re ready for a great Halloween STEM activity!


Turn those little engineer brains on while they are building their towers by adding in some challenges. Don’t forget to record all the answers. It’s a great opportunity to have a graphing lesson as well.

  • Who can build the tallest tower?
  • Which is the most unique shape?
  • How long do you think it will take?
  • Make a prediction for how many pumpkins and how many toothpicks it will take.

Share Your Pumpkin Tower

Let us know if you make these in class, and how much your students love them! Share a picture by tagging #simplykinder on Instagram or post in the Simply Kinder Teacher Group on Facebook! Happy teaching and Happy Halloween!

Have students make a pumpkin tower for a fun STEM activity to engage your class. Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.

This post was written by Johanna, an experienced early elementary teacher who loves learning about new teaching ideas for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade!

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