In my classroom, the block center is open and available a good chunk of our preschool day. It’s heavily used, and so much playful learning takes place there. It’s the perfect area to introduce engineering projects for kids that get them thinking, planning, and creating. Adding real pictures of castles can help do just that.
engineering projects for kids with wooden blocks
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Print out photos of real castles from around the world. I’d suggest laminating the pictures so they’ll last longer! I created labeled castle photos as an add-on to my Structure Book.
Bring out a few of the castle pictures to show to the kiddos. Engage them in some discussion about the various castles by asking questions. Here are a few ideas –
- Which castle is your favorite? Why?
- What materials do you think were used to build this castle?
- How is this castle different from that one? How are they the same?
After talking about the castles, ask which one the children would like to recreate with blocks. Continue to engage in a conversation with the children as they decide which castle to build first. Encourage the children to have a plan in place before they start building the castle. Some questions you could ask along the way –
- Which blocks do you want to use to build this castle?
- What part of the castle should we start making first?
- I wonder what we could do to make the castle more stable?
If your students/children are anything like mine, they’ll love for you to take a picture of their finished product! In my classroom, we have a book about some of the structures they’ve built and a variety of photos up in the classroom showcasing their hard work.
Extend the activity
After building their own versions of real-life castles, challenge the children to more engineering fun! Ask them to design, then build, their very own castles!
What engineering projects for kids have you tried recently? Which did the children find the most fun?
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