Fun Barnes community challenges
This section contains fun challenges to complete at home. We hope that this section will continue to grow with new ideas. If you have a fun challenge which you’d like to share with the Barnes community then you can email it to Mr O’Donnell at email@example.com
You can use the same email address to send any images you may have of completed challenges and they will be added to the relevant section.
Fruit and veg face challenge
For this challenge you need to create a face entirely from fruit and vegetables. You could try to create someone famous, a member of your family or just a funny face.
You can watch this Art Ninja video to give you some ideas.
Email your finished portraits and we will add them to a gallery below.
Spaghetti DT challenge
20 sticks of dry spaghetti
1 metre of sellotape
1 metre of string
1 marshmallow (or equivalent 7 gram item)
Of course, if you don’t have one of these items, you can improvise or do without.
Remember to work as a team and to work iteratively (make and test prototypes and allow these to influence your final design). Then, watch the TED talk video below to see how other teams have got on (and which group of people are traditionally the most successful at this task).
For those budding engineers and architects out there, we suggest that after the clock has stopped and you have taken a picture of your final construction (and measured it), you go back to it and try to improve your design further without the pressure of time.
Send in your pictures and the heights of your towers. How high can you get?
As an additional challenge, can you build a bridge 50cm wide to support the weight of a food tin using only drinking straws, tape and string? Investigate different shapes to see which are better at supporting the tin. Use what you have found out to design and create your bridges and test them out.
If you don’t have (or can’t get hold of) straws and string, you could try the stripped back bridge challenge. Using only a single piece of A4 paper (you may use scissors but nothing else), can you create a bridge with the longest possible span between two end points? It should be able to support 8 Lego bricks (or similar). Once you’ve done that, try the tower challenge: how tall is the tallest free-standing tower you can create with the same materials?
Herbie's drawing challenge
Herbie’s drawing challenge
Dear everyone. Over our Easter break Herbie would like you to do a drawing of the people (and animals) that you are staying at home with. He hopes it will be better than this one that Polly did of him! You can use pencils, pens, crayons, paint, collage, whatever you want. Then please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make a gallery on the school website at the beginning of next term. Have fun.
Love Herbie x