Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Graham Cracker Castles-Preschool Engineering

     Our kids love to build things. Toys, such as Legos easily snap together.  It was time to take it to the next level and build with things that don't naturally stick together.  I decided to have them build castles with graham crackers and peanut butter.  This was a great exercise in balance.  We had many toppling towers along the way and they loved to "try, try again" to make them stand up. They learned how to position the graham crackers so they would be sturdier.

Graham Cracker Castles:
You Will Need:
  • Graham Crackers
  • Peanut butter (or alternative if there are allergies, such as frosting or cream cheese)
  • Plastic trays or paper or plastic plates to build on
  • Something to keep the surface clean such as parchment paper, wax paper or paper towels
  • Butter knives to spread the peanut butter
  • Wipes for hands (optional)

     Set out one tray or plate per child or team of two with graham crackers and peanut butter (or alternative).  Give each child a knife to spread the peanut butter.  Give them simple instructions on using the peanut butter on the sides as glue and let them experiment. This is much more about the process than the product, largely because it is harder to accomplish than it looks. They will learn about what works and what doesn't through experimentation. When they are done, snack is served!  I reminded our kids not to snack during the process and told them we would eat it later.  When they were done, I divided the graham crackers and served some for snack and saved a few for later.

More CASTLE ideas from the Playful Preschool Team:

Castle Reading Nook by Growing Book by Book

Battlement Skip Counting by Rainy Day Mum
Sand Castle Puffy Paint Art by Still Playing School

Castle Catapult Math Game by Mom Inspired Life

Magnetic Cereal Box Castle Theater by The Educators' Spin On It

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