Building a house from sweets is not only a fun, tasty experience for young children; it also encourages early development of some key scientific skills. In planning and creating their house, children learn how to articulate their designs and explore basic physical properties such as strength and mass. Working on this activity in small groups can also be a great way to also enhance co-operation and interpersonal skills.
Through discussing their thoughts and plans throughout the activity, your groups will be able to explain why they have chosen to build their houses as they are. These conversations may explore the use of certain types of sweets and their properties, examples of designs they have replicated (such as their own houses), and any other reasoning children may have.
You will need
- A variety of sweets
- Sticky materials to test jam/icing sugar/melted marshmallows etc
- Ask the children to form small groups to talk about what kind of house they would like to make, which sweets they will use and how it will look.
- Then, using the biscuits and sweets available, the children should build their house by working together and helping each other. If a part of their house falls down or doesn’t fit together, encourage them to discuss why they think this may be and how it may be rectified.
- Once built, ask the children to discuss their creation, and how they enjoyed making it. Talking about their design to the other groups is a great way to round up and boost explanation skills.
EYFS Learning Outcomes:
ELG01 Communication and language: speaking
ELG04 Physical development: moving and handing co ordination
ELG06 Personal, social and emotional development: Self confidence and self awareness
ELG 08 Personal, social and emotional development: Making relationships
ELG12 Maths: Shape, space and measures
ELG16 Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials
This post was written by Emma of Science Sparks
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