Just for fun!
1. Paper Structures
There are many different types of construction challenges requiring little more than a newspaper and a roll of tape or ball of string…
- What is the tallest tower you can build from 6 sheets of newspaper? Can your tower support the weight of a small beanie toy?
- Can you make a bridge to span a distance of 30 centimetres that will support 8 toy cars?
- Can you build a table from newspaper that will support the weight of 5 books?
- Can you build a structure large enough to sit inside?
Challenge comes by providing children with a distance to span (bridge), height or width to attain (tower/skyscraper), or a weight element (strength of structure). There are lots of different ways that children can manipulate the paper to achieve different results, for example bending, rolling, tearing, scrunching or concertina folding.
- Construct with other materials that would typically be considered weak or unsuitable as construction materials, such as drinking straws, playing cards or pieces of dried spaghetti.