Instant Challenge #1: Bridge Builder Solutions

If you missed it, be sure to see my introductory post for rules and more information! And if you are participating (or planning to!) you can still enter the giveaway for a box full of basic supplies needed for the challenges!

Bridge Builder

Challenge: Your TASK is to create a bridge that will hold weight.

Time: You will have up to 5 minutes to use your imagination to build your bridge and then up to 2 minutes to add weight for score.

Set up: 2 - 8" taped squares that are 6" apart:

Procedure: Use the materials to build a bridge between the two taped squares. The bridge may only touch the table between the taped squares . . . then add weight for score the last two minutes.

After a two minute brainstorming session, it took my boys almost the whole 7 minutes to create a bridge. They added weights the last 10 seconds.

Will it hold weight?

Not that much!

Their score:

0 out of 10 points for not having a bridge at the end of part One
30 out of 50 points for the weight the bridge held (6 at 5 points each).
12 out of 20 points for creativity of the design of the bridge (I liked how they cut the cards in two places to interlock the part that was suspended, but it lacked stability and strength).
10 out of 20 points for how well they worked together*

For a total of 52 points.

*My boys thought it was a challenge to work together. We talked about how we can improve in this area. Siblings do not always want to work together, but I think this will be good for them to learn how! {And telling them I would be videotaping helped!}

Then we tried again. Same time and this is what they came up with:

Looks good . . .

. . . but will it hold weight?

Not this time!

All in all, I think it was a great first challenge! I can't wait to see who was up for a challenge this past week!

Malachi's bridge :-)

This weeks challenge: Boat Race!


  1. WOW! Great Bridge Guys! Dallas I wondered what the scissors were for...LOL!

  2. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to participate in these challenges :)

  3. They did such a great job! And, they look happy doing it:)