3-D Houses

  • cardboard boxes or small milk cartons
  • crayons
  • dried grass or straw
  • paint
  • red paper
  • small twigs or sticks
  • build
  • first
  • materials
  • next 

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Language/L.PK.MA.6 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, listening to books read aloud, activities, and play.
Mathematics/Geometry/PK.G.MA.3 Create and represent three-dimensional shapes (ball/sphere, square box/cube, tube/cylinder) using various manipulative materials (such as popsicle sticks, blocks, pipe cleaners, pattern blocks).

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Receptive Language Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.
Language Development/Expressive Language Engages in communication and conversation with others.
Logic and Reasoning/Reasoning and Problem Solving Classifies, compares, and contrasts objects, events, and experiences.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

Science and Technology/Technology and Engineering 233 Explore and describe a wide variety of natural and man-made materials through sensory experiences.
English Language Arts/Language 2 Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.
Mathematics/Number Sense 3 Use positional language and ordinal numbers (first, second, third) in everyday activities.

3-D Houses

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Skill Focus: Creative Expression, Small Motor Skills, Story Comprehension, Vocabulary

Using boxes, have children build three-dimensional houses for the three little pigs. Encourage small groups of children to look through the books they read about building a house and about the three pigs to find ideas to help them create their houses. You may need to point out features of the house in Building a House (windows, door, etc.) for them to draw on their boxes. Help children recall the story by asking what the first, second, and third little pigs used to build their houses.

Have children glue a red chimney on each house and then glue dried grass or straw on the first box, twigs or sticks on the second box, and red paper squares on the third box. Have children line up the houses in various learning centers. As they line up the houses, ask questions that encourage children to use positional words. What house was built first? Next? Last?

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