Finding ways to get kids engaged doesn’t have to be hard! Remember the Cup Challenge? This is the equivalent but with popsicle sticks. We call it the “Bridge Building Popsicle Stick Challenge”. A great STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) activity for students in the classroom or kids at home.
Challenge: Construct a bridge that spans at least 12 inches and hold one action figure (or whatever toy you have in your home).
Bridge Building Supplies:
If this the first time your child will be using a glue gun? Click here for some tips.
Predict what will happen if the bridge cannot handle the weight
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, LEGO, 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!
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Kristen @ Busy Kids Happy Mom