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5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys

5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys
5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys

 5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

Kids will have a blast just exploring with these materials, and it’s a great activity for hand-eye coordination. After they have had a chance to experiment with building, expand the activity with these fun engineering challenges!


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Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

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We used a train table board as a building surface.


Challenge #1: Build a structure that can support the most possible weight.


For this one, you could either challenge kids to build a true bridge, or just a structure that supports weight.


Two clothespins with a craft stick between them make great supports for a structure.


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

We couldn’t believe how much weight this could hold! We didn’t keep going to find the capacity on this one, but Gresham built another one that held many, many chapter books (about 25!) before collapsing!


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

Then we tried building bridges. Gresham came up with this design.


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

Then he tested the strength of his design with books.


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Craft Sticks, and Binder Clips

It held 8 books and then collapsed, which was not too bad!


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

Then we tried a bridge with triangles in the design (since I knew that triangles are a stronger shape).


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

As expected, this one held a lot more weight. It collapsed after 13 books.


Five Engineering Challenges

Challenge #2: Build the tallest structure.


Colored craft sticks make this whole activity a work of art as well as design!


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

This was Owen’s tallest structure that he built completely himself (he’s almost 7).


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

And Aidan’s (age 12.5). As you can see, this is an activity that works well for a wide range of ages.


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

Challenge #3: Build the tallest structure with the fewest clothespins.


It doesn’t seem like it would be possible, but we were able to build structures with only two clothespins at the bottom!


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Craft Sticks, and Binder Clips

Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

Challenge #4: What can you build with triangles?


This one was my favorite. Triangles lend themselves to really neat designs.


Owen started this one, and I made it into a hexagon. I never would have thought to balance the triangles on the binder clips the way he did, but it worked very well!


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothes Pins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

Here is Aidan’s triangle design.


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

Challenge #5: Build a domino chain.


Gresham discovered that he could make “dominoes” out of craft sticks and clothespins!


Five Engineering Challenges

Five Engineering Challenges

Then we came up with several designs that didn’t really fit any particular challenge. The kids just had a great time exploring!


Five Engineering Challenges

Who knew clothespins could be so much fun?


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

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I am storing our “building set” in a plastic shoebox. We have about 36 binder clips, 150 craft sticks, and about 50 clothespins. That has been plenty for three kids building at one time. If you have a classroom of kids, you might want to get more.


Five Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

Also, be sure to check out our Engineering Challenges with Craft Sticks, Cups, and Wooden Cubes!


Original article and pictures take http://frugalfun4boys.com/2016/05/08/engineering-challenges-clothespins-binder-clips-craft-sticks/ site


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