My kids love nothing better than dumping out the hug tub of Legos and spending the afternoon building. They are equally fond of our other construction sets, Zoobs, Magformers and good old fashioned wooden blocks are among their favourites.
Lately, on cold weekend mornings when I don’t really want to get out of bed, I’ve been capitalizing on this love of building and buying myself a little extra time under the covers. I’ve been setting my kids a building challenge.
Before I go to bed, I leave a construction set on the dining table, and one of our building challenge cards. My kids wake up in the morning, grab themselves breakfast, and start building, while I snooze. It’s awesome.
Sometimes the kids work together as a team to finish a challenge…
This challenge was to build the tallest tower – which isn’t as easy as it sounds when you are using Magformers!
Sometimes they work on their own ideas for a challenge…
This time they are making animals from the Zoobs.
We made a set of 16 building challenge cards with ideas that will work with a range of different construction sets. Some of the challenges are straight forward and east, some will require you to think a little more. There is also 8 blank cards so you can add your own ideas too.
You can download the set of building challenge cards here.
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
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Do your kids love to build?
If you use our building challenge cards I’d love to see what you build! Share a photo on instragram and tag us – @picklebums – so we can check it out.
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Valetta Cannon says
These are great! Would you allow a public library to use them for a summer reading program activity? Thanks!
You may use any of my free printables with your ow class or group (as a teacher or child care worker or librarian) but you may not use them as part of a for profit group, class or course.
Valetta Cannon says
Wonderful, thanks again!
Love this idea. Some of the students would love to get involved but a little shy. Choosing a card I think would get them out of their shell. Thanks
Joanna cox says
Looking forward to trying out these wonderful ideas,thank you so much