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Build a newspaper structure that is strong enough to hold heavy
books.

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04/01/2018

Great use for last week's newspaper

Kids had a great time bending newspapers into a variety of shapes and tinkering to make them fit together and stand up, then adding further work to make the structures stand.

The hardest part for most young participants was rolling the tubes thin enough for good strength. If you have some volunteer help available for prep, I might suggest having a decent quantity of tubes pre-rolled if you want the focus to be on the building process. Another option if time permits could be to practice rolling them as a group. I also found that the suggested diagonal roll was easy to create, but then works best if you cut off the ends so they aren't a weak point. We had good luck with straight rolls, so you might try both methods and see which works best for your group.

As an added fun piece, we bought a few of the decorated types of duct tape, which kids enjoyed using as added embellishments.

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Strong Paper Structure

Strong Paper Structure

Build a newspaper structure that is strong enough to hold heavy
books.