Creating a strong bridge out of thin wood sticks is an ideal project for kids of any age. Using items available from your local craft store, you can create a structure that can support the passage of miniature car toys and action figures, and create a new element to your child's playtime. Creating a thin wood stick bridge is an ideal afternoon project that is fun for the whole family, but does require parental guidance.
Place two sticks next to each other horizontally. These form the bottom supports of the bridge, and should resemble the two downward legs of the letter H.
Lay a Popsicle stick across the bottom of the two support sticks, with the ends flush to the edges of the first two sticks. This newly-placed stick is the support to the bottom of your bridge.
Lay 11 more of the sticks across the bridge supports, lining them up horizontally. Leave no gaps between the sticks.
Secure the bridge bottom sticks in place using wood glue. Set a book on top to help secure the floor planks in place. Allow the glue to dry for a minimum of 18 hours before moving on to the next step.
Place your bridge with the supports facing down in front of you. It is now time to add the guardrails for your bridge.
Place a small line of glue on the slim side of one of the last two sticks, and align it with the outer edge of your bridge. Repeat this step for the last stick to complete the crash barrier installation.
Allow the glue to dry for a minimum of 18 hours before moving or playing with the bridge.
Things you need
- 15 Popsicle or craft sticks
- Wood glue
- Scissors or carpenters knife
- Heavy book