I wanted to repeat a Three Little Pigs activity I used to do with Year 1 class when exploring materials. As I was pitching the activity to two 2 year olds I knew it would be more of an adult led activity compared to what we would normally do.
First I needed 3 pigs. As we do not own 3 plastic pigs I used the amazing resources available on Twinkl. Twinkl is a subscription based website (although many resources are free) that has over 166,000 teaching resources. As a teacher I used Twinkl frequently and I have now started using the resources at home. For this activity we used the Three Little Pigs cone characters, small world background and used the 3D House Visual Aid template to create the houses. I made these using yellow, orange and red cards to represent the 3 houses featured in the story.
Next I needed the three materials that the three pigs build their homes with. For straw we used the packaging from our Vita Coco Kids Drink packaging. The wood was represented by wooden skewers and for the brick house we used red duplo bricks.
Finally we needed to create the wolf. As our wolf needed to huff and puff I attached a wolf mask, again from Twinkl, to a hairdryer.
Before I gave the two cousins the three houses I needed to find a way that the toddlers could attach the materials. Out came the contact paper! We wrapped the contact paper around the first two houses with the sticky side facing out.
Adam’s method to attach the “straw” to the house was to throw the straw at it. It took a while for Adam to hold the house and place the straw onto it.
Adam soon lost interest in attaching the sticks to the wooden house. Beth took over and with a little help she managed to cover the house.
Beth preferred making the red duplo house. She built the towers which we fixed together to form the brick house.
It was time to test out the 3 houses to see if the wolf could huff and puff them down. As soon as the wolf hairdryer was turned on the straw house flew away. The wolf certainly managed to huff and puff it down!
The house made out of sticks managed to withstand the wolf for a little while before it blew away.
Finally when we let the wolf loose on the brick house it moved backwards slightly but would not fall down.
Unfortunately both Adam and Beth did not like the wolf hairdryer and wouldn’t join in. Nana and I enjoyed experimenting! This is certainly an activity to repeat once Adam is older.