How To Build Bridges With Popsicle Sticks
Watch more Craft Ideas for Kids videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/363-Craft-Ideas-for-Kids Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Build a popsicle stick bridge with your kids using this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Collect materials Raid your family's junk drawers for enough popsicle sticks, glue, and other materials to build your bridge. Tip Stop by a local craft store to purchase additional building materials. Step 2: Build main span Build the main support spans by layering popsicle sticks halfway over each other and gluing them together until you reach the proper thickness. Tip Use laundry clamps to secure your glued sections together until they dry for a tight bond. Step 3: Create superstructure and road deck Line additional popsicle sticks perpendicular to the main span to create the road deck, then angle sticks vertically to build the superstructure. Tip Use a cross hatch pattern along the sides and under the road deck to build a bridge that is both strong and light. Step 4: Add details Use toothpicks for railings or cut the points off the toothpicks and glue several of them together in a square to make tiles for sidewalks and side panels. Step 5: Piece together cables Use flexible tubing or straws and string to piece together the cables if you are building a suspension bridge. Step 6: Test bridge Test your bridge with a heavy book placed on the road bed and then set it up over a creek or other body of water to transport toy cars or even a pet hamster. Did You Know? The most expensive suspension bridge was the $4.3 billion Akashi-Kaikyo bridge in Japan, and was completed in 1998.