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Festive Fun: get up to snow good with our seasonal engineering challenges

The end of the year is fast approaching and many of us are set to spend the festive season at home. For those with children, keeping them entertained and in the spirit is a considerable challenge. But the James Dyson Foundation has the answer, with two new festive engineering challenges for all ages.

  • Earlier this year, during the global lockdowns, The James Dyson Foundation’s free 44 engineering and science challenges proved popular as parents searched for fun ways of keeping their children engaged and away from screens. Following their popularity, the Foundation has worked with Dyson engineers to create two new seasonal challenges to help young inventors hone their engineering skills.


    Specifically designed by Dyson engineers for children, the Challenge Cards encourage inquisitiveness and fuel excitement about science, design and engineering. Here are two new festive challenges to try this December, alongside the 44 challenges from the original pack.


  • Frosty the Snowcan

    Stop Jack Frost in his tracks and learn about how to create frost indoors: using only ice, water and salt.

    While the chances of a winter wonderland outside might be slim, this challenge will guarantee an icy scene at home.

  • JDF Challenge Cards
  • JDF Challenge Cards

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Calling all aspiring engineers

Share photos and videos of your challenges and creations on social media using #JDFChallenge. Don’t forget to tag @Dyson and @Jamesdysonfoundation so we can share your content.


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