Monday, 13 June 2011

Think! Bridges

Our Think! challenge this week was to create a bridge, at least 9in long, from the following equipment
  • 6 pieces of spaghetti
  • 2 plastic cups (to be used as the ends of the bridge)
  • 2 spoons
  • 2 pieces of paper (A4 cut in half  - portrait)
  • sticky tape
The task was to create the bridge, measure it and test it load bearing abilities using coins. I thought I was being really clever by providing 150 coins but it wasn't enough - so we opted to try a hardback book then ended up using a 1kg bag of flour to test its strength

The girls all managed to come up with their own ways of doing this
DD2 & DD4 used spaghetti to create the base and laid paper over it with the spoon providing weights. I loved how DD4 thought to use the spoon's bowl to hold extra coins :) 
DD6 again used the spaghetti as a base but wrapped her paper around it and found a great way of supporting it with her spoons.

DD8 again used spaghetti as her base and rested her concertina folded paper on top to give it more strength.

6 comments:

Joyce said...

I love the idea of a weekly challenge. Do you come up with the ideas on your own or do you use some sort of reference? Also I have to say your children are just beautiful, they all look simply huggable.

Peace, <><

Kara said...

Love that you gave them a "challenge"...ours would LOVE that! Your kiddos are so cute! Noticed that you read my sister-in-law's blog love@learn2day :)
Thanks for joining us at NOBH.
Take care,
Kara @ The Chuppies/NOBH

Sandra said...

Great challenge and such clever solutions! They are sho, sho shmart!

I also want to tell you that we got your sixpence gift and to say one big THANK YOU! :)

Lori said...

I am sure my boys will have a great time trying this out. Thanks for sharing.

Stopping by from NOBH.

The Homeschool Den said...

What a wonderful idea. We'd love to do something like this too. Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog. This is my first time stopping by, but I can see you share some fantastic ideas!
~Liesl

Lori said...

We gave it a try! I have had "Think" on my follow list for a while, but had not got around to trying out any of the challenges. Thanks for inspiring us to get on it. I am going to include more of them in our summer routine.

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