Making with Craft Sticks

engineering challenges with Craft sticks that build imagination, team work and making skills!


Using Popsicle (craft) stickscraft sticksMaking with Sticks:

  • Make the tallest structure that you can with a base that fits entirely on a notebook piece of paper.

  • Can you weave or cross-stitch the Craft sticks together to make a sturdy structure?

  • How many different ways can you attach the Craft sticks together?

  • Make the longest bridge that you can using Craft sticks.

  • Can you create a game based on the Craft sticks? How would you make game pieces, tokens, etc.?

  • Tell a story using Craft sticks to depict a scene.

  • Create a device to launch Craft sticks. How far can you launch them?

  • Create a puppet show that uses only Craft stick puppets.

  • Now try creating a presentation with Craft sticks shadow puppets. What would you use?

  • How might you communicate a message without talking, using only the Craft sticks? Try it with a friend.

  • Using craft sticks and one 3 foot piece of string, create a draw bridge that works.

  • Make a mask from craft sticks and markers.

  • Using craft sticks and paper, make a vehicle that will travel 6 feet without you touching it once it starts traveling.

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Making with Chenille Stems

Making and Engineering challenges to Build imagination, teamwork, and making skills with chenille stems.

Making with Chenille Stems

  • Using chenille stems, make a container for materials such as marbles, ping pong balls or tennis balls.

  • How many different ways can you attach chenille stems together other than twisting?

  • Can you create a tall tower using only chenille stems? How tall is it?

  • Make a cube using chenille stems.

  • Make Truss designs. will they hold weight?

  • How many different devices can you create to retrieve a ball 6 ft. away?

  • Devise a communication system to send a message using Chenille stems of different colors.

  • Create a puppet show using only chenille stems. What would the story be about?

  • Design a costume that uses chenille stems as part of the costume.

  • Make an insect out of the chenille stems? How could you get he insect to move without your hand touching the insect?

  • What other animal features (like tails, or horns) can you depict using chenille stems? Create a presentation that includes five features.

  • Using chenille stems, create a way to carry an egg from one side of the room to another without breaking the egg.

  • Using chenille stems, make an invention to help a teacher.

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Making with Straws!

Here are some engineering challenges for you to try using straws. straw-e1502471008188.jpg

Making with straws:

  • Make a track for a Pit ball to cross.

  • Test Truss designs.

  • Weave straws together into a sturdy structure.

  • How many different ways can you attach straws together?

  • Can you use straws to move a puppet?

  • Try making an assortment of jewelry that includes necklaces and rings out of straws.

  • Create a bridge made of straws that spans from one edge of a box to the other.

  • Build the tallest structure that you can make using only straws.

  • Make a vehicle that can travel more than 6 feet using straws and one other type of material.

  • Build a transport vehicle.

  • How can you create a device to transport straws from one pile to another?

  • Create a presentation that use straws to provide sound effects during your presentation.

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