A single type of material can become a component part to make a modular construction set. Building with many multiples of a single material automatically creates visual cohesion and is accessible to learners of all ages.
The work of our friends and collaborators at Artencurs (right) with young builders serves as inspiration for what's possible using many modular parts to create interesting geometric structures.
In his Rolling Through the Bay sculpture (below right) at the Exploratorium, Scott Weaver used tens of thousands of toothpicks to create a San Francisco cityscape. In case you don't have thousands of toothpicks and 44 years, even toilet paper tubes (below left) can become a construction set that supports explorations of stability and balance.
Tip: Turn trash into treasure. Jake from the Tinkering Studio team used to build mazes using VHS tapes. Other makers have used old flip phones, and even irons to build elaborate structures. The next time you're cleaning out the closet, consider what old technologies or materials could serve as unusual component parts. This sculpture (left) by Lorenzo Durantini called Tower no. 5 is made entirely of VHS tapes.