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Building Buildings with the (not so) Big Bad Wolf!

September 22, 2015
Written by: Sarah

Fridays this term, the Big Kids are learning all about building buildings!

To introduce our subject, I decided to go with a tried-and-true story with a twist: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.

In this version of the classic children’s tale, the wolf isn’t quite so big and bad. He presents his version of events, defending himself against the bad wrap he took for the ultimate demise of the three little pigs.

As it turns out, his huffs and puffs weren’t malicious at all, but merely ill-timed sneezes.

Taking on the character (and nose) of the wolf, I had the Big Kids help me huff and snuff and “sneeze a great sneeze,” blowing the pigs’ houses down.

After finishing off the story (and the three little pigs) we embarked on our next task: make ourselves some new pigs!


The Big Kids made quick work of their piggies, and soon it was time to build some houses for the herd of pig puppets.

We built houses out of straws for the pigs to live in. Then, putting on our scientist hats, we used a blow dryer to test out whether or not our houses would stand up against the wolf’s sneeze

As it turned out, none of the houses fell down! The Big Kid scientists concluded that our straws must have been much stronger than the straw used by the first little pig.


As the fall season continues, the Big Kids will be exploring many other aspects of building with the (not so) big bad wolf, and discovering many ways that things are not always as they seem.

Last week, we read the Museum of Modern Art’s first children’s book, Young Frank, Architect by Frank Viva, and learned about the secret life of architecture! Hint: It’s much more than buildings!

But… it’s also about buildings! So we examined some floor plans and went into the field on an adventure to a real construction site – The Rise at Main and Broadway. This Friday, we will get to work on building houses for our little piggies. As we go on, we’ll learn about tools and simple machines, shapes, and measurement, all while building a neighbourhood where our pig puppets can live!

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