How to Build My Own Bridge Game

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How to Build My Own Bridge Game
A bridge building contest helps build a team dynamic. (bridge image by Brett Bouwer from Fotolia.com)

A bridge building game can be both educational as well as team-building. The act of building a bridge teaches children about weight displacement, structure construction and basic engineering. Choosing a bridge building game as an ice breaker or team building activity reinforces teamwork, creative thinking as well as social skills. Choose the activity based on the grade level or age of the participants. Check games with a test run before teaching it to a group to make sure all supplies are in place and all rules are understood.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Chairs

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Instructions

    Newspaper Bridge

  1. 1

    Divide the group into two teams and set a designated amount of time, such as 10 minutes.

  2. 2

    Provide each team with a stack of newspapers, two chairs and masking tape.

  3. 3

    Set the chairs 2 feet apart.

  4. 4

    Instruct the teams to build a bridge between the two chairs using only the materials provided. The bridge must be sturdy enough to hold a milk carton or water jug filled with two cups of water.

  5. 5

    Declare the team that successfully completed the task the winner. If both win, start the game again but give both teams fewer newspapers to work with.

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