In this activity, the team has to build a road for a toy car using only the provided materials.
- 1 paper towel tube
- 1 paper cup
- 1 small toy car
- 1 sheet of paper
- 5 index cards
- 5 rubber bands
- 15 paper clips
- 20cm of masking tape
- 10 plastic straws
Space Required: Large. Indoors or outdoors.
Group Size: 4 to 8 ideally. With bigger groups, you can split them into smaller teams and prepare one set of resources for each team.
Total Time: 40 minutes
- 5 minutes to brief and setup
- 15 minutes for construction and testing
- 10 minutes for the final race
- 10 minutes to review and debrief
Running the Activity
- Explain the activity: The team has to build a road for a toy car using only the provided materials. The toy car must be able to move without any contact or pushing; you can only touch the car when putting it at the start point of the road. Construction time is 5 minutes, followed by 2 minutes of test time. Then you are given another 3 minutes to make any necessary changes before the real road race begins. The team has 3 tries and the longest distance traveled out of the 3 attempts will be their final score.
- Scoring system (if there is more than one team participating): the team whose toy car travels the longest distance from their start point wins the activity.
- Once they are ready, the trainer can start the clock for the team to begin the activity,
- Only the provided materials can be used during the challenge.
- Participants are not allowed to directly touch or move the toy car after it has been placed on the start point.
- Construction time is 5 minutes, followed by 2 minutes of test time. Then you are given another 3 minutes to make any necessary changes before the real road race begins.
- The longest distance out of 3 race attempts will be the team’s final score.
Suggested Learning Outcomes
- Problem solving
- Creative thinking
- Time management
Suggested questions to ask:
- What did you do well?
- How did you come up with the design of the road? Did everyone agree with the design?
- If you had to do something differently next time, what would you do?
- How did you manage your time effectively?
- Did you identify a leader?
- What leadership skills were demonstrated during the challenge?
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