Bear Home challenge
We have a baby bear coming to live with us, but it hasn't got anywhere to sleep. Could you make a pet home for the baby bear to sleep in?
Levels of difficulty:
Level 1 - Make a simple pet home for a teddy bear
Level 2 - As level 1, with a door
Level 3 - As level 2, plus some toys for the bear to play with
Equipment: KNEX set, small teddy bear up to 15cm (6") high (or other cute cuddly toy) .
Approach: What shape will your bear home be? Will it be big enough for the bear to sit down in? Can you make it really strong?
For level 2, where will you put the door? How can you fasten the door to the house so that it opens and closes?
For level 3, what toys would you like to play with if you were a bear? Can you make those toys out of KNEX?
Handy Hints (please click to view):
A2 - 3 ways to connect K'NEX rods and connectors
A4 - Making corners with blue & purple connectors
A8 - Hinges
A simple structures project for younger children, which stimulates their imagination.
Possible solution: See photo.
Before starting:Ask the children to bring in a small teddy bear if they have one.
Conclusion: Firstly, compare the different types of homes and toys that have been built. Then encourage the bears to visit each others houses and play with the toys.
Copyright © Andy Shercliff 1996 and K'NEX User Group 2004