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Today I have a very simple engineering activity for you to try. We love to play with blocks, LEGO, and ZOOB at our house – anything that gets the kids thinking creatively, critically, and scientifically! Today we tried a foam block engineering challenge and the kids absolutely loved it.
Foam Block Engineering Challenge
All you need is shaving cream, foam blocks, and a creative mind! The shaving cream is the glue that sticks the blocks together. It is easy to mix up and easy to clean up!
Squirt some shaving cream into a plastic container. Color with food coloring if you wish. Grab a paint brush and start building!
You can give your kids all kinds of foam block engineering challenges. Here are some that we enjoyed:
Most horizontal structure (the kids were amazed that they could build horizontally!):
Tool with which to destroy the structures (he is big into arrows lately):
I chose to do this activity in the bathtub since it was bath night anyway and I didn’t want to clean up a big mess elsewhere. It worked like a charm! Once they were done playing I filled up the tub and washed the blocks along with the kids! Although they were a little cramped in there, they had a blast 🙂
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