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Junior builder's kit
 

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The full Engineer's Kit  has over 200 pieces,-beams, a pulley, windlass and lots of special hardware.

These are all required to build the various bridges, cranes, trebuchets, etc. However for the younger kids, all that's really needed are a set of beams (from #1 to #6 beams) and some connecting dowels. 

              This new kit-  THE JUNIOR BUILDER'S KIT has approximately 40 beams,

                              a number  connecting dowels and lengths of string .

 

                                PRICE  ---$235 plus shipping. 

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 The 1st graders and kindergartners at Montessori school here in Portland came up with their own creations.


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The 2nd graders built more complex structures.

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Then they helped me built a "lift" bridge. Pull the white string and the deck lifts up.

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Here are a few more ideas.

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I call this a Portal. 

The official name for this structure is a HODGE PODGE.

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Here's a through truss

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Sol made a tunnel

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I wasn't sure if i should include lengths of string in the kit.

                I'm glad I did.

The kids put it to good use and when I ran out of string, I gave them some duct tape.

Isaac took 2 dowels, bound them at one end with tape, and made a servicable pair of chop sticks. 

                              I never would have thought of that.   

   

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