Most tots first real bridge exposure comes from the beloved bouncy version at the local playground, and what kid didn’t fall in love with a rickety rope bridge on first sight. The design of those two popular models are basically the same, so why not make your own to help you budding engineer learn a little more about what it takes to connect two points. Follow these simple instructions and your tiny daredevils will be playing London Bridges all day long.

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What You’ll Need

1. String

2. Straws

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3. Craft Sticks

4. Glue

5. Scissors

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How to Do It
1. Clip about 20 straws into 2-inch segments.

2. Cut 2 pieces of string the length you want your bridge.

3. Have the kids sting the straw segments onto each piece.

4. Once strung with straws, lay the two strings next to each other, about one inch closer together than the length of your craft sticks.

5. Coat the top sides of the string with glue and place the craft sticks across them. Let the glue dry completely, then lift your bridge and attach it to your two points.

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Do you have a tried-and-true method to build a bridge? Tell us in the comments below! 

—Erin Feher