If you have been a regular around here, you know just how much we love building with different materials. We love any sort of project that encourages engineering for kids. We have built with pumpkins, hearts, gumdrops and now jelly beans. Each time we change our challenge just a tad. This time the challenge was to “build”.
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Building Structures with Jelly Beans
Building structures with marshmallows is a classic engineering project for all ages. We absolutely love building with toothpicks and candies. It is quick and simple and loads of fun! Normally, we do several challenges along with our building, however this time around, we wanted to “grow” our creations. You can choose to lead your children in an activity or let them freely explore.
Setting up the Experiment
Building Blocks with Jelly Beans
As with most of the projects I give the boys, I let them lead. This project was no different. I never imagined that my 7 year old would decide to make building blocks for his project. In fact, we made a challenge to build using 100 jelly beans and toothpicks but this is what he turned it into instead. I am glad he did, because the results were really cool!
It was really cool when he was finished, because the learning was just beginning. Once he built around 20 cubes he was ready to build on a another level completely. This time he took the blocks and built towers, buildings, and structures. He enjoyed making his towers grow as he tested and balanced the blocks.
The blocks lasted over a month and became a permanent art fixture in our living room when he was done. I just love how this simple science/math project of building with jelly beans turned into such a great expression of creativity!
This post is the last week in month long series with some of my favorite bloggers who all love STEAM. Because learning with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math gives kids the power to do almost anything they can dream up. This week is all about ways to Grow.
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How to Grow Aragonite Crystals // TinkerLab
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