Building Bridges

by Deb on May 10, 2012


It’s one of the classics – give children a pile of objects, such as newspaper, straws or pipecleaners, and tell them that they have to make a bridge across a gap that will carry a certain weight. I’m not suggesting you try that with little kids, but we did have a fun time trying to ‘get Barbie to the other side’ and I was impressed with the different suggestions the girls came up with.

So Daredevil Barbie went ballooning,


rode flying horses,



and swung across.


Bridges made it easier for her,


and a flat bridge was even better.


But then the cliffs crumbled and the gap got wider.


A nice level bridge meant even the cars could get across.

For some fun using only things you have lying around and some imagination, it lasted a long time and spawned lots of games. Plus there were lots of questions about ‘what do you think?’ and ‘would that work for us?’

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Astrid Sanschagrin May 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

It is wonderful idea. When I was small I used to make bridges using a match box. You can see one here. I used to attach ten to fifteen matchboxes with each other and make different things including bridges.
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