Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
Run Brick Run
Use Engineering principles to study forces and mass.
Child will understand how various forces work to amplify or impede movement.
What do you need to think about to build a marble run?
What helps the marble go faster?
What makes the marble get stuck?
Toilet paper tubes and marbles
8×8 plates, 4×4 plates, 2×4 plates, 2×4 tiles, 2×2 tiles, 2×2 plates, 1×4 bricks, 2×4 bricks
- Ask child if they’ve ever played with a marble run before, or marbles in general.
- What makes a marble go?
- How does a marble steer?
- In a marble run, what sorts of things influence the marble?
- Work together with your child to build a marble run. You can build a tower of varying heights according to the pictures below (alternating 1x4s).
- Lead child in making the top connectors and corner turns (a 2×4 and 2×2 tile down the center of a 4×4 plate with corresponding plates underneath to create the grooves for the toilet paper rolls, framed by 1×4 bricks to keep the marble centered; corner turns are similar but on 8×8 plates).
- Child can put the towers together in groups, line them up and connect them with toilet paper tubes and start testing their work. Questions to consider:
- How far does the marble go?
- Why does it get stuck where it does?
- What happens when you change the order of the towers?
- If there’s a marble of a different size, how does that impact things?
- What’s the minimum height difference necessary to make the marble go?
Video: Watch this Project in Action
Project 1 Build a Bar Chart
The world around is plentiful. Let's quantify it by building bar graphs.
Project 2 Bricks Measure Up
Design and create rulers to develop an understanding of the basic principles of measurement.
Project 4 Define Your Perimeters
Develop floor plans of your home or school and develop methods to measure perimeter.
Project 7 Bricks… They’re Multiplyin’
Explore the basics of multiplication and the communiative property with bricks.
Project 15 Not Just One Direction
Explore the properties of subtraction and how they differ from addition.
Project 24 Unidentified Objects
Make observations about materials and their properties that make them unique.
Project 32 Building Out Of The Box
Bricks are used to quantify and solve equations and inequalities.
Project 35 Hold The (Number) Line
Explore the directionality of numbers represented by positives and negatives.