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You will need:

  • Story Book "Life Is Not Fair When You Are Just A Chair"

  • Cardboard boxes

  • Sticky Tape

  • Cardboard tubes

  • Glue

  • Images of chairs

  • Weight- such as metal weights, wooden blocks, flour etc (for the weighing section of the experience, it could just be about "how many" items the chair can hold as opposed to weight in measured amounts like kilograms or pounds).

Chair Engineering

The Importance of Designing and Building

Children are naturally curious about the world and love to learn through play. They love to experiment, build or collect, and discover new things, and so it is important that we encourage these skills through the experiences we provide. Building with open-ended resources with an end goal in mind (but no set way to get there) provides children with many opportunities for experimentation, observation, problem-solving and imagination.

What to do:

Step 1:

Read “Life Is Not Fair When You Are Just A Chair”- discuss the different types of chair that are depicted, and which ones the children think would be the strongest and why. 


Step 2:

Explain to the children that they will be making their own chairs and they will be tested to see which one can hold the most weight.


Step 3:

Show the children the various materials available, and encourage them to build their own chair. Provide images as inspiration.


Step 4:

Have the children build their chairs. As they do this, ask questions to stimulate thinking such as:

"What would happen if you....?"

"Can you tell me why you...?"

"Show me how you...?"

"What else could you do/use?"

"Is there another way you could...?"

Step 5:

Gather all of the children and their chairs together. Compare the chairs: Which is the tallest? Which is the smallest? Which looks the safest? Which is the strongest? Graph the findings.

Step 6:

Test how strong each chair is by adding weight and record in a table

Step 7:

Graph the results.