Cheese Cube Construction
As Bob the Builder and his team know, building takes planning, concentration, and a “yes we can” attitude! Encourage children to practice their construction skills with cheese cubes and toothpicks.
Fine motor skills
Small cheese cubes (half inch cubes)*
Provide children with cheese cubes and toothpicks. Show them how to gently insert a toothpick into the center of a cheese cube. It may take a few tries to hit the center but encourage them not to give up—they can build it! Once they are able to insert a toothpick into one cheese cube, have them place another cheese cube at the other end of the toothpick. Encourage them to continue building in any direction they would like—upwards or out to the side.
*Note: If your child is lactose intolerant or if you prefer, use grapes or cubed pieces of melon instead of cheese. They’ll work too.
Talk About It
This project offers children the chance to be creative and practice their problem solving skills. If their structure topples over, let children know it’s okay and encourage them to investigate why it toppled over, and to try redesigning it. Remember mistakes happen, and building takes a lot of practice, patience, and problem solving. You can remind children of Bob and his team’s tenacity. Can we build it? Yes we can!™
Take It Further
Ask your children if they can build a triangle, circle, and square. You can also introduce three-dimensional shape names like “cube” and “pyramid” or explore open-ended building of other shapes. Encourage children to build a tower. Then have them use a string to measure their creations. Stretch the string along the length of the tower and mark the string at the top of the tower. Compare the length of the marked string to a measuring tape or ruler.