Skip to main content

Novel Coronavirus — September 22, 2021 Update: Explore Scouts Canada’s actions as we continue to follow the direction of government and health agencies in maintaining public health. View recommendations and stay informed here. Learn more about Scouts Canada's new vaccination mandate.

Paper Chair Challenge

Using only masking tape and newspapers, work as a team to build a chair that can hold a person’s weight!

Back to Activity Finder

Plan

  • How much newspaper and masking tape will each team be allowed to use?
  • How much time will you take to make your chairs?
  • What roles will the members of your team take on? Will somebody be the leader, or will you make choices as a group?

Do

  • Build your paper chair!

Review

  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • What approach did you take to making your chair? If you tried more than one approach, which strategy worked best—and why?
  • Who took on a leadership role on your team?
  • How did you work as a team on this adventure?
  • What have you learned from the chairs the other teams made?
  • If you were to try this challenge again, what would you do differently?

Materials

  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors

Keep it Simple

  • If you find that you’re having trouble because you’re running out of supplies, agree on a way that teams can earn more supplies. Maybe they perform a song, skit or cheer for the facilitators in exchange for more tape or newspaper!

Take it Further

  • Why stop at a chair? Build multiple pieces of functional paper furniture. Which team can build the most inventive piece?