Today's Topic: Exploring Mortar
building blocks of any kind
playdough (I used this recipe because I had the ingredients on hand, but I'd recommend a salt-based dough instead because this recipe doesn't keep for very long and dries out quickly)
The three little wolves and the big bad pig / Trivizas, Eugenios
The inspiration for this class (or "what I thought kids might do"):
What the kids actually did: First, I set out just the blocks and challenged the kids to build the biggest structure that they could and then try to blow it down like the big bad pig in our story.
Next, I gave them a big chunk of homemade playdough to incorporate into their block play however they chose. (I use homemade because I had the ingredients already and because I like to be able to let parents know that it's all just food and so (barring allergies) it's safe to eat if the kids REALLY want to taste it.) There was some of this sort of building which I sort of expected:
Variations to try:playdough and toothpicks
Related Apps: Little Builders by Fox & Sheep. One of the scenarios has a bricklaying station and if you forget the add the mortar, the wind will blow down your wall!