Construction Theme Day for Preschool or Homeschool Fun

Activities for a construction theme day are as follows:

Numbers and Logic

Allow children to measure items in the room. Have all types of measuring tools available for their use. Tape measures, rulers, sewing tapes, etc.

Pictures

Study and discuss pictures in a child’s book about construction.

Music

Make music using tools and wood. Discuss rhythm and sing:

This is the way we build the house,

build the house, build the house.

This is the way we build the house,

on construction day!

You can add extra verses such as “this is the way we pound the nail,” or “this is the way we measure the wood.”

Self Reflection

Talk about each person’s house – how they differ, how they are the same. Discuss also how your house makes you feel, and your favorite things about your house.

Physical

Place orange cones around the room. Children can run relays and obstacle courses around them. (Orange cones are available through many children’s catalogs, and can also be made with orange construction paper by coning and taping the edges.)

Social

Children should build a toilet paper roll tower together. Take a photo of them with the finished project. If you do not choose to use toilet paper rolls, you can make the rolls by using 4″ strips of brown construction paper rolled and taped.

Natural

Explore the buildings you are near, looking at how the ground was broken for the building, what plants are natural around the building, etc. You can also see what kind of materials the building is made out of and discuss where they come from.

Words

Set out tools on one side of the room. On the other side of the room set out cards with the tools name. Children must match tool to card. Younger version: You can match the tool to the letter is starts with.

Food

Marshmallow and pretzel buildings are fun to make at snack.

For meals, serve food from sanitized dump trucks, tractors, etc. Or you can cut pictures from magazines and tape them to your serving spoons for ambiance.

Crafts

Orange Vests: From 2′ by 2′ pieces of orange material you can make a vest. Simply cut a hole for the head in the middle and slip it onto the child.

Stop and Slow Signs: Quite visible at different times of a child’s life, these signs can be made and placed on a dowel. Children will use them for the game.

Games

Straws and Tape: Which team can build the tallest tower? Who can build a tower with 30 straws the fastest? If you would not like to make it a competition, see how tall children can get their tower in 5 minutes. Measure it, and then let them try to beat their own score.

Stop and Slow: All children but sign holder stand at one end of the room. Sign holder turns the sign to SLOW children move slowly forward. On STOP you stop. First person to reach the sign holder is next sign holder.

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