Friday, 5 September 2014

Read & Play: Three Little Pigs

This was initially a toy centered learning topic but I thought it would be fun to
built different types of houses to go along with the story of
"Three Little Pigs"

Here's the setup:
The toy is actually a picture from my kindergarten graduation concert :)
I've had the picture frame for as long as I can remember.
It's one of the few things that had survived my regular spring cleaning.
The books are a variety of pig-related stories found in our own little library.
But our main book was this one from Usborne
We really enjoyed the simple words and cute illustration.
Tiger especially enjoyed the verse, 
"Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin"
which he still uses to this day :)
Ours came in a set bought during MPH sales
I must admit that when I think of pig, the first thing that comes to mind is
bah kut teh and bacon. Terrible, I know.
But I didn't tell Tiger that part about pigs, yet.

Did you know that pigs are very intelligent creatures?
I found out about that in Singapore Zoo when I was 11 or 12 years old.

So, the houses were obviously the focus of my creative, engineering mind *ahem*
I wanted to use the straw from our broom at first...haha, not very hygienic is it?
Then I thought of straws!
I have lots and lots of them from IKEA.
We tried several methods and this was the easiest, a triangular prism 

This is our messing planning process, trying out different materials.
Tiger will imitate my thinking face as he thinks:
 one hand on hip, eyes upwards,  one finger on lips...
"Hmmm, what else can we use?"
My little Mini-Me

Setting up the props.
I didn't purchase mini a mini wolf/pigs.
We already had them in our farm and wild animal set. Lucky me :)

The straw house is the trickiest to setup and easiest to blow down,
He always played the wolf and I, the pigs.

 The wooden house made from unifix cubes base, some sticks and spatulas.
It had to be purple.

The pig in the house No. 2

 He huffed and he puffed very, very hard...haha!

Our lego 'brick house'
Genius ain't it? I thought of it and I hinted the idea to Tiger.
When he thinks it's his idea, he takes pride in his work :)

We read all the books repeatedly, except Peppa Pig which Dragon girl had refused to share.
My bad for stating it was her present :p
To complement this activiy, we used printables from 3dinosaurs, here.

One of our most successful project to date.
And no, bacon was not discussed at any point.

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