How to Make a Craft Stick Bridge for Small World Play
Make a simple bridge with duct tape and craft sticks in this fun STEM activity. Kids can think like engineers as they design and build a bridge to support toy cars.
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Kids love building roads and tunnels and bridges for toy cars and trucks. They'll often use anything available, including blocks and cardboard boxes, to complete their structures.
A bridge is fun to make with a few craft sticks and some duct tape. The activity supports cognitive thinking and fine motor skills as kids explore and experiment with the materials.
Craft stick bridge activity
Duct tape is a multi-purpose material that offers creative possibilities for everything from crafting to household repairs. We love using duct tape for both!
Duct tape is strong enough to support toy cars in a bridge-building activity.
Set out the materials and give kids time to explore, discuss, plan, discover.
Guide the play as needed. For example, you may have to help roll out and cut the tape.
- duct tape
- craft sticks
- toy cars
1. Roll out a piece of duct tape, sticky side up. Roll the end over to stick to the floor ,or secure the end to the floor with clear tape.
2. Place craft sticks on the duct tape until you reach a desired length for your bridge.
3. Cut the duct tape. Fold over at the ends to make tabs so you can hold the bridge without sticking to it!
4. Place a tray or plastic dish on the table for a ravine or lake the bridge will cross. Tape the tabs on the ends of the duct tape strip to opposites sides of the plastic dish.
5. Tape a cardboard ramp in place on each side as a roadway for the cars.
This bridge is strong enough to hold a toy car as it passes over the ravine.
More ways to play
- Draw and cut out trees or bushes to decorate the sides of the ravine.
- Add water to the dish to make a lake.
Make a ramp with blocks. Include a tunnel under the bridge.
We added a support in the middle so the bridge wouldn't collapse when cars rode over the tunnel.
Enjoy this bridge-building challenge with preschoolers!
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