Here’s another activity to consider that requires less common materials, raw spaghetti and miniature marshmallows. You’ll want to set aside time if your students love this activity like mine do.
|Suggested grade level is sixth. Younger students might struggle with being patient and handling small materials. If you have younger students you might use tape instead of marshmallows to create towers.
After your students complete their structures consider, if space allows, leaving them out on a shelf. As the marshmallows dry the structures remain intact. Kids love seeing their work displayed in the room!
You might view this TED talk to find out why kindergarten students are better at this kind of activity compared to grown-ups like CEOs.
Image credit: Ben Heavner, ITL Program and Laboratory, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004
Using marshmallows a problem? Consider clay.
Need examples of student towers?? You’ll find them at Thinkering Studio, Janna’s Blog, and the Austin Children’s Museum. Check out this video of a bridge that could hold 5 pounds. I processed it through viewpure.com to delete ads and the extra videos shown down the side of the page.