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Instant Challenge #2: Boat Race

Here is our instant challenge for this week. 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! And thanks to all who participated in last weeks challenge!

Instant Challenge #2 Boat Race

I added a 2 minute brainstorming time to the challenge. They cannot touch the materials during this time, but they can make a plan. Then restart the timer and let them begin.

As mentioned in my update, it is hard to get this in the time limit. So, I suggest that you see what they can do in the required time. THEN, make a mental note of what feedback you would give at that point and let them try it again. I increased the time limit slightly in this challenge, and will continue to do so until we practice a bit. The time limit is so important. I was amazed at how well my boys could throw something together in the LAST minute! When under pressure and required to think fast, they will. So, feel free to do this a few times or even later in the week to try again. Then share your experience in your post with the successive scores for each try (and photos of each attempt!).

So, are you up for a challenge?

Tip of the week: Many supplies can be used over an over if they are not damaged. After your challenge is over, salvage whatever materials you can and put them in your supply box for future challenges.

P.S. I will post a linky with our solution like I did this week. You are still welcome to link up to last weeks challenge all week.


  1. These are so fun. I hope people will go ahead & try them! We had a good time doing challenge #1.Brought out some interesting family dynamics!! Are you doing a linky to post ours or should we go ahead on our blogs? (I'm working up a post, this weekend flew by!)

  2. Heather I will post a linky with our solution like I did this week. Did you see this week's linky?

    So happy to hear that you are having fun with this! It is definitely showing us areas we need to work on as a family (like working together). I think it will be good for us in more ways than one.

  3. We did the bridge challenge tonight. See http://bit.ly/4zKQAQ

    I can't get the boat instruction to print. Just FYI. Probably onmy end.

    Thanks for the Challenge.

  4. It seems that printing it from the post does not work. I had to either download it, or view full screen to get it to come up. I wonder if I can remove that option if it doesn't work?

  5. We tried this week's challenge and had a lot of fun with it. Thanks for the idea!

  6. Thanks Michelle--I'm getting up to speed! We did the boat race challenge today--but I haven't posted yet, because I just got the bridge one posted! (I'll post tomorrow, my son did a little slide show for us!)

  7. I have the flu and missed this challenge the boys were looking forward to it but I didn't feel up to going out for straws (need to keep them in stock).

    Thanks. We'll join in next time or post late. :-)