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Build a bridge


Build a bridge

What to do with this activity?

Get your child thinking about bridges - you probably cross one pretty often on the road, travelling on a train or on foot. We take for granted that they will be strong enough to cross don't we? Next time think about how they are designed and made.

Over the centuries, humans have learned how to make strong bridges. Find out about different types of bridge and what makes them so strong on this youtube video by SciShow Kids. Triangles are an important shape in bridges - find out why. 

To learn more, have a go at making a bridge yourselves. Watch a young lad show his Dad how to make a Leonardo da Vinci bridge here. You may have to slide back to the beginning of the video.

Check out the worksheet PDF top right of this page from the Irish primary school curriculum. Please note that there are four pages. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Maths makes sense to children when they use it in everyday life - like measuring things, working out distances, estimating food for dinner or money for groceries. The more opportunities you give your child to use the maths they learn at school through everyday activities the more they will understand and enjoy working with numbers.

  • How can I do more?

    Discuss maths that you see around you. For example, talk about sales in shops – half price, 25% off, what is good value? Or how much will the item cost after the discount?

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