This is a great activity for after a bridge walk, but could be done any time. Gather some recycled materials for building. We used pieces of cardboard boxes cut to various lengths and toilet paper rolls, but there are certainly many more options. Cans? Egg Cartons? We arranged our materials in a basket in our block area alongside some wooden blocks and smaller baskets with Little People and cars.
Following our bridge walk, we read some books about bridges. Our two favorites were Bridges Are to Cross and My Little Train. We talked about the bridges that we saw in the illustrations and about what was going on around them. Were cars driving under? Was a train driving on top? Where are the people walking?
Later, I joined them in the block area and invited them to help me build a bridge. We used one of the pictures from Bridges Are to Cross as a reference. We worked together, listened to each others ideas, and experimented. Lots of our bridges fell down, but with some focused questions (hmm...how many columns do you see holding up the bridge in the picture?) we were able to make our bridges successfully hold a parade of people.
*Add bridges to your train play
*Experiment with different materials
*Use glue or tape to make the bridges more permanent parts of your block play
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