Your children will have a great time doing a STEM engineering project based on a familiar fable. It is always fun to take something familiar like the Three Little Pigs and create something based on it. This STEM engineering project is based on the original version of the tale. You could adapt it to work with other versions of the story if you like.
Getting Ready for This STEM Engineering Project
If you haven’t heard the story of the Three Little Pigs, you may want to read The Three Little Pigs to them. It will familiarize them with the story and let them see what the houses look like.
Then you will want to print out STEM Engineering – Houses for the Three Pigs Printable and go over it. Your children will need to know what the houses they build will have to have. Please remind them that the building requirements listed are just the minimum. They can add windows, shutters, or actual doors if they like.
Completing the STEM Engineering Activity
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You or your children will need to gather the base plates (We used gray 8×8 plate 8×8 base plates as the foundation for our house.), some roof pieces and a variety of bricks the color of each of the houses.
Then it is time to build. Your children may have no trouble building houses that have a roof, a chimney, and four walls. The tricky part may be making the door opening big enough for a small plastic pig to get in and out of.
Recording and Reflecting
When your children have finished their houses, they can fill out the building reflections and the number of bricks sections on the printable.
Finding out which house used the most or fewest blocks will be fun for your children. While each of their houses may look the same, children may have used totally different numbers of bricks to construct them. (Some of that will depend on what size bricks you put out for your kids.)
It will be interesting to see what your children saw as building or engineering challenges. Some children may share that the planning was the hardest while others may say the constructing was the hardest. Children will reveal what they have learned while completing this STEM engineering challenge when they share what they would do differently.
Children will reveal what they have learned while completing this STEM engineering challenge when they share what they would do differently. It will be interesting to see what your children share.
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