1. Building Activity for Kids: Straws and Paper Towel Rolls

    Building activities are always a great way to spend an afternoon! I saw this idea on Almost Unschoolers to make homemade Tinker Toys with toilet paper rolls and pencils. We…

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  2. Engineering for Kids: Build a Bridge with Straws and Straight Pins

    Last week, one of Aidan's history lessons was about advancements in bridge building during the 1800's. We are reading Landmark History of the American People as part of Sonlight Core…

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  3. Paper Plate Marble Track

    We just can't get enough of marble tracks at our house! I almost bought the boys a nice wooden set last Christmas, but I'm so glad I didn't! Making our…

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  4. Pool Noodle Marble Run

    We had extra pool noodle ends left over from our pool noodle light sabers, so I thought the boys would have fun making marble runs with them. I've seen several…

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  5. Paper Airplane Test Lab

    Screen-Free Summer Idea #17: Set up a paper airplane test lab! We have reached the point here in north Texas where it is just too hot to be outside very…

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  6. Make Your Own Cardboard Tube Marble Run

    We have been saving paper towel rolls and other items for quite a while now so that we could make our own marble run! My husband constructed a neat little…

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  7. Tinker Toy Star Wars Battle Droid

    This morning, Aidan and Gresham decided to build Star Wars droids during a break from school. We got a Star Wars book at the library yesterday, and I could hear…

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  8. Build a Tinker Toy Catapult

    My boys LOVE a good catapult. Last year, we made this marshmallow catapult out of a tissue box, and it was a lot of fun! So when I saw this…

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  9. Make Your Own Sprinkler with PVC Pipes

    This month's issue of Family Fun magazine had a build-your-own sprinkler toy out of PVC pipes, and we decided to make our own. We didn't follow the Family Fun directions…

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  10. Frugal Building Activity: Cup Stacking

    When we went to the science museum last weekend, they had one room devoted to building activities for older kids. Their activities were simple and yet genius - I was…

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