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Aug 17

Maker Monday: The Big Bad Wolf Design Challenge

Posted on August 17, 2020 at 4:08 PM by Jenny Levins

Maker Monday: The Big Bad Wolf Design Challenge

For this week's activity, we're challenging you to recreate the houses of the Three Little Pigs, and see if the Big Bad Wolf can blow them down. 

We used plastic straws, rubber bands, sticks, Lincoln Logs, and Lego's. If you don't have one or more of these things, you can absolutely improvise! Try using dried grass instead of straw, or sturdy rocks instead of Lego's. You'll see in the clips below that our own Big Bad Wolf is actually a hair dryer- you could also try acting the story out yourself, if you'd prefer.

Bad Wolf 1

Once you've assembled all of your building materials, it's time to put everything together. For this challenge, your goal is not just to build the Pig's houses, but also to ensure that they will fall down (or not) correctly.

This can be harder than it sounds! Let's think over the fairy tale as we create our designs.

Bad Wolf 2

The first little pig built a house of straw. He was pretty lazy, so he didn't feel like bothering to find anything better to build with.

Do you think straw sounds like something you should be making a house out of? Maybe not. Let's test it out...

Bad Wolf 3

Aaaand there it goes.

So the straw house should blow over fairly easily. In the story, the first little big runs to his brother's house to avoid being eaten. This second brother was a little bit less lazy than the first, and he took some time to scrounge up some sticks to build his house with.

It wasn't great, but it was at least better than a bunch of straw, right?

Then the Big Bad Wolf moseys on over to the second little pig's house, and he starts huffing and puffing. How do you think this part will go?

Bad Wolf 4

That's right, it blew over again. But the stick house was still a little bit sturdier than the straw house. For this part of the challenge, your goal is to create something that's stable enough to stay part of the way up, or at the very least stay up for longer than the first house.

By this point, the Big Bad Wolf is getting pretty annoyed. Both pigs ran out of the twig house at the very last minute and went to hide with their third brother. And the wolf is thinking 'Okay fine, but this better be worth it'. So he follows them to yet another house, this one built with...what was it again?

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Oh. Right.

So THIS little pig was a real go-getter. He wanted a strong, sturdy house that would stand up to all of the Big Bad Wolf's huffing and puffing. For the last part of this challenge, your job is to make the third little pig a house that can't be blown over.

Bad Wolf 5

Think you can do it? Post your results on our Facebook page, or tag us using the hashtag #iredellreads2020 to let us know how it goes.