We invite all of the county Pre-K classes to attend out International Parade each year. This year we had about 320 pre-K students watch the parade then visit the school, rotating through kindergarten classrooms, music room, art class, our makerspace and the library. I decided this year I would include an activity in addtion to reading them a book.
The Three Little Pigs-Paul Galdone version
I really like the Galdone versions of traditional folk tales, especially the Three Little Pigs. He doesn’t sugar coat the story line; yes, the first and second pigs get eaten (they took the easy way out)! After reading the book we discussed differences in this book and other versions they may have heard before.
I borrowed some KEVA Planks from our school’s makerspace for this activity. After reading the story, I asked the students to build a house for one of the pigs. I had them work in pairs and I also invited a couple of third grade students to come to the library to be helping hands. I instructed the third grade students to only step in if the pre-K children seemed to be struggling. They were great helpers.
The pre-K children really enjoyed building with the planks. Some struggled to get things to balance and stay upright, others had more developed fine motor skills. They were not discouraged if their house fell and they had to start over. A lot of collaboration and sharing took place while building.
I will definitely repeat this activity with my kindergarten classes in the fall and maybe even first grades as well.