Build a bridge

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The idea of this game is simple - split your group into teams of 3 or 4, and give each team a "Building Kit" (explained below) and a bowl of water.  Each group has 30 minutes to build a bridge to span across a bowl of water. 

At the end of 30 minutes, each group has to demonstrate their bridge.  You then test it for strength by adding pebbles one at a time, until the bridge collapses.  The team with the strongest bridge wins!

Building Kit

The Building Kit is a shoebox with a variety of building materials.  For example:

  • Ice cream sticks
  • Putty / Bluetack / Elmer's Tack
  • Paper clips
  • String
  • Glue
  • etc

Make sure each group has the same amount of materials, just to keep things fair.

  • Free / Low Cost
  • Sharing, Get to know you
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Team Building Teamwork
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Small area
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)
  • Young Adults

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Longer (30-60 mins)
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i love this website im the activity leader for our youth group and everyone loves them lolzzzz we named our bridge erney
- lululand (3 Oct 2010)

Make sure you don't give the kids too many popsicle sticks...otherwise you'll need something like an 80 pound kid to break the bridges!
- Nicole (1 May 2011)

Amazing website, thankls to God's glory to give you guys the wisdom to keep the flock together in a fun way and learning too!!
- Darwin (7 Jun 2011)

thanks for all the great ideas!
- T (27 Feb 2017)

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