Did you know that we have some budding architects, designers and builders in year 3? The children in Apple and Maple classes were challenged to design and build a fairy tale house after hearing the tale of the Three Little Pigs. Their houses had to be suitable for one of the little pigs to live in and then face the ‘huff and puff’ test.
Decisions had to be made. Build a wooden framed structure or a home that was shaped more like a tepee and made from twigs? Most opted for the classic wooden framed house which involved some very careful measuring before cutting to size. Once gluing commenced, some children were heard to complain, “You didn’t cut my wood to the right size. Now I have wonky walls!” to their teacher or teaching assistant. It must have been the wonky saw (or the wonky ruler!)
Alfie said, “Measuring the wood was easy but sticking it together was tricky. We used triangles of card to hold the corners together. Sometimes they still fell down because we weren’t patient enough to hold them tightly.”
Finally, cardboard walls and ceilings needed to be fitted; some were strengthened with lolly sticks, and then decorations added.
Now, fortunately, we don’t have a real huffing and puffing wolf to test out the homes so we will be using a hairdryer. Kacey predicts that the tepee style houses will collapse and the wooden framed houses will be strong enough to withstand the wind. We are looking forward to finding out soon.
With wonky walls and wobbly ceilings you might be thinking that you won’t employ any of our builders but I think you will agree that the finished efforts are quite delightful.