Happy Spring Break!
The kids and I had a fun time with toothpick engineering today using modeling clay, toothpicks and this hilariously old school video as inspiration. I showed my 5 and 4 year old the video before we started, but you could pose the challenge to older kids without showing the video first. After we tried building tall, the kids just played around creatively with the toothpicks and clay and we talked about what their products looked like (a sea urchin and a spiky caterpillar). Interested in joining us on a regular basis next fall? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are they learning?
-Creating or reproducing 3-D shapes
-Identifying which shapes make structures strong
-Using comparison/analogy to identify shared features of two objects
Challenge: build a tower that stands four toothpicks tall using only six toothpicks.