have a place that is under construction ask if there is any safe
place you can take your class so they can watch the construction.
the big diggers, safety precautions etc.
everyone wear yellow hard hats from the dollar store!
there are any interesting houses in your area ask if you can take
your class for a tour and then have them draw the house afterwards.
pair of sawhorses to your block area or outdoor play area. Check
or ask a local hardware store or home improvement store to donate these.
might also ask for help collecting some other building props. Such as wood
roofing paper, plastic tubing, PVC pipes, pulleys, and the materials to
make a Paint and Paper Store.
Construction Worker or a Dad
Invite a construction worker or a couple Dad's to bring their (real)
tools and show the
children how they work. Provide blocks of real wood, hammer, nails,
screws, screw driver
s and safety glasses . Be sure to have each Dad work with just a few
children at a time.
The children need to be closely supervised working with heavy hammers and
There are so many interesting tools and gadgets designed to do all
kinds of jobs.
Why not let an expert tell your children all about them?
Plan a field trip to your
local hardware store or home improvement center. Or ask a carpenter to
visit your classroom and bring along some of the tools he uses.
Your tour guide
or speaker may be able to demonstrate how some tools work, talk
and show your students some unusual tools they may not have seen before.
After the visit, deliver an oversized thank you note to your handy
In large letters write, "You're To-tool-ly Cool!" near the center of
a colorful sheet
of poster board. Then write a thank you message below the
title. Have your
children cut out pictures of tools from hardware store advertisement
and glue them around the edges of the poster. Present the
poster to your tool guide.
I purchase several large bags of clean dirt . We made a dirt pile
out by the play area.
I put cars, dump trucks, fire trucks, blocks of wood, small shovels, rakes
in that area. I invite the children to play with the dirt and toys
provided. On really hot
days I give them spray bottles of water and dishpan tubs of water that we
refill as needed.
construction zones in your room by marking off your centers with
cones from your playground, boundary tape, or sections of plastic lattice
Your Hammer To School Day
parents to send a hammer to school for their child to use, but try
to have some extras
on hand anyway. Provide wood scraps, nails, and rubber bands. Let the
children hammer the
nails into the wood anyway they like. They can use the rubber bands to
make shapes by stretching them between the nails, similar to a geoboard.
Choose a construction site in which to make a video. Record a
home being built in the
neighborhood, a crew working on a new section of roadway, or a renovation
commercial building. Please be sure to talk with the foreman to
explain your interest
and obtain his or her permission to make a video beforehand. Record
some of the
equipment in use at the construction site. Include the workers to
show what they
are wearing and the kinds of tools they are using. If possible,
interview one or two
of the workers. Ask questions about the clothing they wear for
work, their jobs
on the site, and what safety precautions they take while they are working.
Gather the children together and tell them you had an opportunity to
a special video tape some people at work. Show the video to
discussion about what they saw on the video.
Construction Theme Ideas at Child's Play
Construction Theme Ideas at Perpetual Preschool
Bob the Builder Coloring Pages at NickJr
Construction Activities at DLTK
Construction Theme Coloring Pages
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