Need: toothpicks (round work best), glue, construction paper
Have the children pick any color construction paper they choose. Give
each child glue. Dump the toothpicks on the table and let them
construct a house. Show them how they can break the toothpick to make
smaller pieces for windows and doors. I usually talk to the group
beforehand about wood coming from trees and using the lumber to build
homes. They understand that toothpicks are also made from wood. Contributed By: Jan
Cut an assortment of construction paper shapes: squares, triangles,
rectangles, and circles. Place the shapes on the art table. Provide
each child with a large piece of construction paper. The children
glue the variety of shapes onto their construction paper to create
Need: magazines, construction papers, glue, scissors.
Fold a number of construction papers to make a book. Label the book,
"Things in My Home."
Have children cut pictures of homes, rooms, appliances, and furniture
from magazines. Have them glue the pictures into their books.
Need: Household items to trace (spatula, wooden spoon, cookie
cutter), construction paper.
Lay items to trace on the art table. Or have children find a small
item in the room that they would have in their home. Have children
trace the items on their construction paper.
Add house cleaning tools (vacuum cleaner, feather
duster, mops, brooms, dust pan) to the dram play center.
Wet the sand in the sand table. Provide items for
the children to use to form buildings, homes, etc... Include empty
milk cartons, small plastic buckets, etc..
Place building materials (wood, brick, canvas, tar paper, shingle,
etc..) in the science area with magnifying glasses.
Need: Several boxes (shoe size boxes), magazine pictures of household items.
Label each box a room found in a home: kitchen, bathroom, living
room, bedroom. Have pictures of household items found in each room.
Have the children sort the pictures by placing them in the
appropriate boxes. Such as, coffee pot, dishes, silverware pictures
would be placed in the kitchen box.
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