Building Bridges

Be a little engineer and construct a bridge out of drinking straws, pipe cleaner, a paper bowl, and a paper plate.
Building Bridges craft


  • Paper bowl
  • Paper plate (approximately same
    diameter as paper bowl)
  • Self-hardening clay or salt dough
  • Any water-based paint
  • Paint brush
  • Drinking straws
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Hole punch
  • Stapler

Safety Tips

  • Keep the stapler and hole punch out of children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Buiding Bridges 1. Turn a paper bowl over. Draw 2 parallel lines running along the center of the bowl, approximately 2.5 to 3 inches apart.
Step 2 Buiding Bridges Ask for an adult's help.2. Cut along both lines. The resulting piece looks like an arched bridge.
Step 3 Buiding Bridges Ask for an adult's help.3. Punch 6 pairs of holes along the edges of the bridge.
Step 4 Buiding Bridges 4. Obtain a paper plate with approximately the same diameter as the paper bowl. Draw a stream along its center.
Step 5 Buiding Bridges Ask for an adult's help.5. Position the bridge on top of the paper plate in such a way that the stream flows right below the bridge. Staple both ends of the bridge onto the edges of the paper plate.
Step 6 Buiding Bridges 6. Paint stripes on top of the bridge.
Step 7 Buiding Bridges 7. Prepare green and blue salt dough or use ready-made modeling clay or self-hardening clay. Apply a generous layer of the green salt dough or clay to line the banks of the stream.
Step 8 Buiding Bridges 8. Put blue salt dough or clay to fill the stream.
Step 9 Buiding Bridges 9. Cut drinking straws into different lengths: four 5-inch long pieces, four 4-inch long pieces, and four 3-inch long pieces.
Step 10 Buiding Bridges 10. Insert the 5-inch long drinking straws through the four center-most holes on the bridge, and the 4 inch-long drinking straws adjacent to the 5-inch long ones. Anchor the bottom end of each drinking straw deep into the clay or dough.
Step 11 Buiding Bridges 11. Insert the 3-inch long drinking straws through the outermost holes on the bridge.
Step 12 Buiding Bridges Ask for an adult's help.12. Cut pipe cleaner into 3-inch long pieces. Use one piece to link one drinking straw to another. Bend both ends of the pipe cleaner and insert each end into a drinking straw.
Step 13 Buiding Bridges 13. Make the last 4 pipe cleaner pieces into an L-shape and insert each one into a corner drinking straw.
Step 14 Buiding Bridges 14. You've just finished constructing a mini bridge. Create some pedestrians by drawing draw and cutting out some paper people. You can also print, color, and cut out any of these community helpe paper dolls.