Description:This activity fits into a Community Theme and is designed for the children to name and discuss different structures that people call home. The children will use the materials, to create homes for their stuffed animals, and discuss how the homes they made are similar or different. They will then name and discuss different structures that people call home.
Materials: connectors, smaller sized poles, stuffed animals, hand towels or pieces of fabric equivalent in size (to be used for a roof or walls if desired)
1. Put materials out on the floor and invite the child/children to come play.
2.Explain that today, they will be building houses for their stuffed animals, using the connectors, poles, and hand towels.
3. Model, if necessary, to show how the connectors and poles fit together and how the towels can be used as a roof for their stuffed animal house.
4.For younger children, houses can be built ahead of time and they can be invited to add onto the house, or simply play with their stuffed animals using the houses.
5. Talk about the stuffed animal houses that were made. What is similar about the houses that the children made? What is different?
6. Discuss the different types of homes that people live in. Name different types of places people call home: apartments, town houses, single family homes etc. What is similar about these types of homes? What is different about them?