Within our 45 minute session, we told the children that they must design a safety device for Humpty Dumpty given the set of parts that were provided. The parts can vary, but this year we included:
- a straw
- a paper clip
- an index card
- a 4x4" piece of bubble wrap
- 2 cotton balls
- 6 inches of pipe cleaner
- 3 or 4 pieces of styrofoam peanuts
- and 12 inches of tape.
Another common approach was to build something that looked like a paper can. Most of the time this design was not so successful. The kids tended to protect the top and bottom of the egg, but neglected the sides which cracked in the drop.
The wall we used was built from card board bricks and taped down. We rolled the designs off, and then opened them up to see how Humpty Dumpty fared. We used boiled eggs, which did cause a few kids some confusion. Those kids that had not had experience with boiled eggs were confused as to why the yolk didn't run out when they were cracked.
The kids love this activity, and it is one that we will keep doing.