Strawbees has an entire product line available for teachers and educators to use in their learning environments, but we also have kits for individuals at home. The kits we offer to schools are different from the kits you can buy for your home but what projects you can build with one type, you can build with the other. So what’s the difference?
- Color-coded connectors
- Precut, color-coded straws
Strawbees is a construction set with 4 connectors: 1, 2, 3 and 5 legs. This is true whether your 2-leg connector is white or yellow: What really matters is the number of legs. There are no special connectors, size and you can do absolutely everything with both, even mix them together. It’s just the color!
All connectors on our individual and small group learning are white because it looks so good! Also because it’s likely that at home you are going to store everything in a box and they are stored all together.
For schools, we gave each connector a color because it’s easier to communicate which connectors you need. But also because they are usually sorted and stored separately and it’s much easier when each one has its own color.
Precut, Color-Coded Straws
We hate when plastic goes to the trash. We really do! Especially when it’s the plastic from our straws. To reduce the amount of waste generated during play and learning we switched from “cut your own straws” because even the creations were amazing, it was hard to reuse the material!
We moved away from that and now we offer carefully picked straw lengths that allow you to build faster, with precision and without waste. We also color-coded them for the same reason we did for the connectors.
If you happen to have only one size of straws, the big ones, fear not! You can print the PDF and cut the exact same sizes as we designed. The cool thing about cutting your own straws is that you can build very beautiful sculptures with your favorite color!
All our recent content has been published using the color-coded connectors and precut straws because it’s easier to identify the parts. You can browse our Activities on Strawbees Learning to see step-by-step video instructions, tips, and challenges. You can also download posters, blueprints of models as well as the video instructions itself.