Foam Block Engineering Challenge

Children are natural scientists. They are natural engineers. They love to take things apart to see how they work. They love to come up with creative ways to solve problems. They love to create, destroy, and re-create. This is why it is so important to provide kids with STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities early in life. STEM activities hone their natural curious instincts to make them think critically, hypothesize, create, and learn. When children engage in STEM activities they become more aware of science, technical, and engineering careers later on. Plus, STEM activities are just plain old fun!

Today I have a very simple engineering activity for you to try. We love to play with blocks and LEGO at our house. This was just a variation of an old theme.

Science Kids 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, and it works like a charm.

Squirt some shaving cream into a plastic container. Color with food coloring if you wish. Grab a paint brush and start building!

Science Kids Foam Block Engineering Challenge
Science Kids Foam Block Engineering Challenge

You can give your kids all kinds of engineering challenges. Here are some that we enjoyed:

Tallest structure:
Science Kids Foam Block Engineering Challenge
Most horizontal structure (the kids were amazed that they could build horizontally!):
Science Kids Foam Block Engineering Challenge
Tool with which to destroy aforementioned structures (he is big into arrows lately):
Science Kids Foam Block Engineering Challenge

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 πŸ™‚
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10 responses to “Foam Block Engineering Challenge

  1. Love this simple way to get some minds going. My kiddos both love Legos, never thought of using the shaving cream with the blocks to create a “glue”. Thanks so much for sharing with us on our Facebook Share Day. Hope to see you again next week. Pinned!

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  2. Such a great idea – and I love that you can do it in the bathtub and have an easy clean up! I'm featuring this post in this week's roundup from the Love to Learn Linky! Thanks for linking up – best, Sue

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