What's the strongest bridge you can build?
Today's Topic: Bridge construction
plastic drinking straws (or uncooked spaghetti)
Duplo or LEGO blocks
books (for weights to test the strength of bridges)
Cross a bridge / Hunter, Ryan Ann
What Kids Do:
I liked these creative interpretations of bridges:
tube bridges were popular (these were stronger than your average cardboard tube. I found them in a secondhand shop and have no idea what their original purpose was...):
--I perhaps should have begun with a basic definition, that a bridge is something that connects two objects with space to move underneath the bridge.
--Although it's tempting to put out a wide variety of materials for kids to build with, true creativity is sparked by a scarcity of supplies. If I did this class again, I'd probably take out the straws and Duplo blocks and possibly even just limit it to the blocks, pieces of lumber and cardboard tubes... maybe the cereal boxes?
Variations to try:There are tons of different "bridge building" challenges on Pinterest--go search for it there and pick your favorite variation!
Bridge Basher by Jundroo (available on Apple and free on Android)