Talk about what happened in the episode “Sesame Street Fairy Tale Science Fair” and how the Three Little Pigs did an experiment to see which building material would be best to withstand the force of the Big Bad Wolf’s huffs and puffs.
Ask your child why she thinks some materials worked better than others and do your own experiment building a house out of different household materials.
Build one house out of paper and tape.
Build a second house out of recycled cardboard and tape.
Build a third house out of blocks.
Ask your child to make a prediction about which house is the sturdiest and why.
Turn on the fan to see which houses blow over just like the Three Little Pigs did in their experiment.
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Observing and Questioning; Making Predictions; Experimentation; Engineering
Talk About It
Compare the materials that you used in your experiment. Discuss their similarities and differences. Talk about why some materials might make stronger buildings than others.
Take It Further
Walk around your neighborhood and notice what materials are used to make structures such as wood or bricks for home, and metal or plastic for playground equipment. Talk about how each material was chosen for specific reasons and why.