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Wake up with dormant Engineers!
For a good start and an efficient warm-up, I recommend exercising on the simplest figures. For ease of use, I suggest creating geometric grids from the so-called pleated so that our blocks are durable after gluing. It is easier to use bristol, but if you do not have hard paper, you can glue 2-3 ordinary sheets together and they will create durable cardboard. We will enhance the aesthetics by wrapping the finished block with colored paper. Personally, I love the gray paper and I prefer wrapping it with them. Printing on them effectively hides technical imperfections.
We will need:
- Cardboard, bristol or technical block
- Paper glue
- Colored paper or gray newspaper
- Possibly adhesive tape, crayons, paints
- A ruler, pencil, compass, set square
Cube and cuboid: The simplest of the figures and at the same time basic (Fig. 1). We draw a cross divided into 6 identical size squares (or into rectangles), add tabs. Then cut, glue and ready.
Ostosłupy: We distinguish cones by the shape of their bases (Fig. 2). For example, let's practice a version of isosceles pyramids with a square, triangle and circle base, and a figure consisting of equilateral triangles only. To draw a circle we can use a compass (if we have one), a glass or plate. It all depends on the size of the block we want to achieve.
Cylinder and prisms: A roller is necessary in almost every set of blocks or a prism that usually performs the function of a tower or pole. It is a more complicated figure that requires a bit more focus and precision from us (Fig. 3). However, I still insist that artistic and manual skills are of secondary importance here. A square prism is nothing but a cuboid you have practiced.
Other: It is necessary to have an arch fulfilling the function of a bridge, an arch over the entrance, an obstacle course and other necessary for successful play (Fig. 4). None of the buildings can have a beautiful end to the top. Here I suggest reaching for the classic "spitz" and a slightly rounded arch (Fig. 5).
I am sure that this will bring joy to both children and parents. By the way, we can familiarize children with basic shapes. For me it is also a challenge and a return to school times (drawing solid grids for you was a real challenge). But could Artists and Visual artists have come true if not for the basics of engineering?
If you have no idea HOW to get started with drawing a solid mesh, use ready-made templates available on the Internet. There are also computer programs (usually free) that, after entering the dimensions and type of the SAME solid, will explore the geometric grid. Then just print it, cut it out (remember about the tabs), glue it and it's ready.
Personally, I encourage you to make such huge blocks that will create real big buildings, perfect for children's games! Remember, however, that if the blocks are to "fit together", base on the basic dimension of one side and duplicate it consistently (eg the edge of an equilateral triangle, the edge of a square). Then you will be able to build, build and build ...