What you need:

  • As many plastic or paper cups as you can round up
  • Crazy straws (the kind that bend)
  • Marshmallows
  • Deck of cards
  • Toothpicks

What to do:

  1. Find an open space in your home with a flat building surface. An entryway, kitchen floor, or large dining room table are good options.
  2. Decide on a structure to build. A bridge? A castle? A skyscraper? Look through books or magazines for inspiration.
  3. Encourage your child to get crafty with the materials at hand to create his structure. Tell him to make it as tall, as long, as wide and as strong as he can!
  4. Now the best part: knocking it down and starting all over again!

Learning benefits:

  • Encourages creativity
  • Introduces basic construction principles