“I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll BLOW your house down!” These words echo the infamous line of one determined wolf who wanted to blow some little piggies’ houses down. It’s also one of our favorite parts to read aloud and enact when reading The Three Little Pigs. This classic children’s story has so many wonderful literacy, math, and science activity extensions you can explore. Today we’re sharing a fun Three Little Pigs activity. This wind science experiment can be performed rather easily by just grabbing a few objects from around your house or classroom.
Wind Science Three Little Pigs Activity
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- 3 objects of varied weight
- hair dryer, fan, or your very own breath
- free printable prediction and observation sheet
- painter’s tape (optional)
Before doing this Three Little Pigs activity be sure to read your favorite Three Little Pigs stories. Our top picks are in this collection of Three Little Pigs Books for kids.
We first read the original version of The Three Little Pigs, giving attention to the materials chosen and blown down. Then we were ready to put on our thinking caps and perform this science experiment. To set up this science investigation, gather three items of varying weight. We used a tissue, a plastic Duplo block, and a container of Playdough. Decide on what form of “wind” you would like to use. We decided to try both a hair dryer and our own “huffing and puffing.”
Before you begin blowing, ask children to predict which items would be blown away by the wolf’s huffing and puffing. Allow children to hold the items and make comparisons. Record these predictions on the free printable prediction and observation sheet. This would be an excellent opportunity to discuss comparative vocabulary such as light, lighter, lightest or heavy, heavier, heaviest. Depending on the writing level of each child, you may have them draw a picture of their prediction and then write beginning sounds or words to label their picture. You may also choose to have the child dictate their prediction to you.
Experiment and Observations
Once predictions are made, test the materials. We decided to place a piece of tape down to have a better visual on how far each item blew. One by one, set each item on the piece of tape and BLOW! The kids got a big kick out of how the piece of tissue literally flew and then floated off the table!
It was surprising how the little Duplo block was able to scoot across the table with some wind. And actually go pretty far!
Most predictions were confirmed when we were unable to blow the container of Play-Doh. My little scientists were excited to finalize their predictions and observations on their sheets.
Of course we had to try our own huffing and puffing too. After all of the predictions and observations were recorded, we repeated the experiment using our very own breath to see if we could move the objects ourselves.
This part was a big hit, as the kids thoroughly enjoyed huffing and puffing like the Big Bad Wolf!
To wrap up this fun wind experiment, we revisited the text and reviewed the materials the wolf was able to blow down and also the one that wasn’t so easy. The children immediately were able to make comparisons to the materials they were able to blow and the one that didn’t budge a bit.
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We love hands-on learning and making to connections to books. We hope you have just as much fun with this Three Little Pigs activity as we did!
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This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) STEM Challenge Recording Sheet (in color and B/W)
2) Count and Build Math Mats (in color and B/W) and Number Cards (1-30)
3) Ordinal and Sequencing Cards for Whole Group and Small Group Activities (in color and B/W)
4) Dice Game Mats (in color and B/W) and 6 Game Cube Options
5) Wind Science Investigation Recording Sheet (in color and B/W)
6) Three Little Pig Character Puppets (in color and B/W)
7) Three Little Pigs Alphabet Puzzles (in color and B/W)
8) Shape House Building Challenge Mats (in color and B/W)
9) Pig 10-Frame Counting Mats and Counting Pieces (in color and B/W)
10) Three Little Pigs Patterning
11) Three Little Pigs Number Cards 0-35 (in color and B/W)
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