Building helps children learn about physics concepts such as weight and balance through problem-solving. Children also develop spatial awareness skills as they design bridges and try new strategies to improve them. Mathematics skills, such as addition and subtraction, are also built into the gameplay.
- At least 24 blocks or other building materials, such as small boxes, building bricks (e.g. Legos®, Duplos®)
- Pair of dice or small pieces of paper with the numbers 1-12 written on them
Directions: This activity can be played with multiple players or independently.
- Place the blocks or building materials on a flat surface with space for building such as the floor or a low table.
- Roll the dice and start building a bridge with that many blocks. If using numbered pieces of paper, shuffle them, and place them in a pile face down; pulling one and then building with that number of blocks.
- Continue playing until all of the blocks are used. (If playing with multiple players, take turns rolling a die/choosing a numbered paper and each adding to their bridge until all of the blocks are used.) What is the largest bridge you can build?
- Next, roll a die or pull a card and subtract that number of blocks, while still keeping a bridge structure. What is the smallest bridge you can build?