Build a freestanding structure (as tall as possible) out of rocks, paper, and scissors! This group activity presents children with constraints and challenges them to use their imagination and problem solving skills.
- 10 pieces of heavy paper
- Scissors (one per person, for cutting only)
- 5 rocks
- Yardstick (for measuring only)
- Set a timer for 15 minutes. Use the rocks, paper, and scissors to build a freestanding structure that is as tall as possible. Use the scissors to cut the paper only. They should not be used as part of the structure.
- When time is up, use the yardstick to measure the height of the structure. How tall is it?
- If there is more than one group, have each group share the height of their structure and the strategies used to build it.
Try these activity variations:
- Build a structure where a rock is placed above the highest piece of paper. How high can the rocks be placed?
- Try this activity with regular paper. How does it compare?
- Build a structure using rocks and paper, but without using scissors.
- Increase the building time to 30 minutes. Is it possible to build a taller structure?