Kids love to explore the idea of building things, taking things apart, putting them back together, and assembling their own creations or figuring out puzzles. It's one of the ways they learn spatial awareness and develop cognitive skills. The Kids' CBC
's Animal Mechanicals
show 'builds' (ha!) on this theme as all of their characters live in a 'snap-together-take-apart' world where problem-solving and teamwork is key!
we love to get kids creating and problem solving through fun activities. During a 'Homes'
theme month, momstown Hamilton
got busy building houses of shapes and sizes.
What you need:
- Bricks (sugar cubes)
- Mortar (icing!)
Although it was a bit sticky even the moms got in on the crafting. The hardest part about this craft was keeping the kids from eating their pyramids before they were built.
Kids learned some valuable spatial lessons too - pyramids get smaller as they go up so part of the fun was counting along with the number of "bricks" we needed to build each level.
To say these are the sweetest houses ever built is an understatement!
You could send kids on a real Animal Mechanical mission and could expand this activity - here are 3 more suggestions that incorporate problem-solving, building, and fun!
1. Try building squares and rectangles. This is a great way to learn the difference between a square and a rectangle - count how many cubes each side has!
2. Cut out paper shapes and estimate how many sugar cubes it would take to fill the area - a little geometry for preschoolers - why not?
3. Use sugar cubes to graph and tally - have your preschool count and make their own simple graph. How many doors does our house have? How many windows? Use the cubes to represent 'one'.