Our Connection: An i-can™ Challenge

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but we say let’s keep the love going.  Grab a loved one and tackle this connection-based partner challenge this weekend!

Each Partner: Create a 3D representation of your partner
Together: Find a way to connect the two representations together in a way that 1) you can connect and disconnect without ruining the connection and 2) does not involve tape!

Work alongside your child or let them build on their own (at least until you get to the partner phase).  As you work, here’s how to you can facilitate the activity in your home for maximum i-can™ mindset building fun!

Step #1 – Understand the challenge

Task: Build a 3D representations of each partner AND find a way to connect them using a method that can be connected and disconnected without ruining the connection.

Materials: What materials can your child use?  Check out our low-cost makerspace materials list for suggestions.  If there are a lot of empty boxes around your house, put them to use!  We all know the box the toy comes in is more fun than the toy itself! Don’t forget that for this challenge tape is out!

Step #2 – Ideate using questions as prompts

Question #1: What will your 3D creation look like?
Possible Follow-up questions: What does 3D mean?  What will you use for each of the parts of your creation? Draw out/quick build at least 3 different ideas before deciding on one.

Question #2: How will we connect our creations?
Possible Follow-up questions: What are somethings you know can connect and disconnect?  Open and close? (Explore clothing, things inside your house, your kitchen, or anything else!)


Note:  You don’t have to use all of these prompts at this stage.  In fact many of these questions can be used in the prototype & test phases to help guide a child’s thinking when they run into a challenge.

Steps #3 and #4Prototype and Test

Encourage your child to dive in and get building!

If your child runs into problems while building (and we hope they do because challenge with a dash of fun is the whole point!), use questions rather than making suggestions to help get your child’s problem solving wheels turning.

As your child builds, encourage them to test out…

  • the 3D creation (What do they like about it? What can they do to make it even better?) and
  • the connection (Is the connection strong? Can you use it over and over again without it breaking?)

Want to make this challenge even more… challenging? Find as many different ways as possible to connect the two creations!

Have fun building, and don’t forget to share any pictures of your creations with us!
– i-imagine, i-can, i-do!

Want another challenge?  Check out a few more…
It’s all Downhill
Catch a Snowflake

Trap a Monster
Build a Home for a Paper Person

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