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8 Building and Engineering Crafts

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By investigating, exploring and identifying objects and solutions in these activities, kids make connections and strengthen skills in different contexts.
1. Marshmallow Engineering

With only two household supplies, this project encourages kids to think critically and creatively. Let them build what they want or add a fun challenge to build a specific item such as a chair or bridge. 

2. Flat Building Blocks

These interlocking cards are simple to craft and have lots of construction possibilities. They’re also super portable (hello, playdate!). So encourage your budding architect to measure, cut, and build!

3. Egg Carton Building Blocks

Turn egg cartons into colorful building blocks! From stacking to creating structures, the engineering possibilities are endless!

4. DIY Marble Run

This open-ended experiment allows kids to explore and engage in the scientific process. Together, discuss the science behind why the speed of the marble changes throughout their course.

5. Toy Tractor

As kids transform flat pieces of paper into this 3-D tractor, they’ll feel the satisfaction that comes from following instructions, step-by-step.

6. Design a Monster

Using as many or as little craft supplies that you have available, bring engineering skills to life with this fun 3D monster craft! The best part is there aren’t any rules so kids can use their imagination and begin to visualize objects and the way they fit into a space.

7. Mini-Powerboat

Take a few of these common household items, help your kids follow the steps, and they’ll be rewarded with a little boat that has a surprising “engine.”

8. Pasta Structures

With a variety of pasta that varies in weight, size and shape and playdough the possibilities are endless! The different types of pasta help your little engineer learn about creating a sturdy base to keep structures balanced.