Puff Car

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In this activity, learners are challenged to design a wind-powered car using only a handful of household materials. This engineering challenge incorporates creativity and engineering design skills while challenging learners to think outside the box. Activity includes materials list, instructions, STEM connection and more. Adult supervision is recommended while using sharp objects.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • lightweight toy car (such as a matchbox car)
  • pencil
  • paper
  • straws
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • electric fan (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering

Informal Categories

  • Toys
  • Transportation


Access Rights:

  • Free access