Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Think! Slippery Silverware

Think! challenge, Week 23: Slippery Silverware. Make a tower as tall as possible using 8 forks, 8 knives and 8 spoons.

My fine young second-grade gent had a blast with this one. He's starting to get into the rhythm of the Think! challenges. If at first you don't succeed, try....


Try again.

He got frustrated because his more ambitious attempts resulted in crashing silverware. It made a great clashing noise, but after a couple crashes it just wasn't as fun any more, so he went for a shorter but more stable log-cabin-style design. Once he happened on the idea, he persevered even when the rounded spoons refused to cooperate, and discovered that he could further stabilize his structure by adding diagonal supports. The final tower:

We've only got so much silverware, so while eldest fine young gent built, his brothers occupied themselves, doing math:

And making silly faces at Mom.
Later, the two of them created elaborate single-layer silverware sculptures like this one:

Today, we created floating fish out of trash, for Think!, Week 24. Pictures and more to come.

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