Stuck inside for winter? Too hot? Too rainy? Just need a new creative project? It’s time for a challenge!
Challenge: Construct a bridge that spans at least 12 inches and hold one action figure (or whatever toy you have in your home).
1. glue guns (craft glue would work as well, we wanted fast drying)
2. 40-50 craft sticks / Popsicle sticks
4. cookie sheet or parchment paper to keep it from sticking to other surfaces
If this the first time your child will be using a glue gun? Click here for some tips.
Make Predictions -
Predict what will happen if the bridge cannot handle the weight (it will snap and break).
Test it Out-
Then test the bridge between two chairs that are about 10 inches apart.
You can either test one item and see if the bridge can hold it or you can continue to stack items (books, cards, blocks) until the bridge breaks.
We didn’t want our bridges to break, so we slowly added heavier items. Surprisingly they were very sturdy! The bottom picture (above) shows how many books we piled on top of one of them. It was fun to see how two children went at it completely different from one another and still worked!