Preschoolers are naturally born engineers. They like to ask why things work!
Engineering for preschoolers is the process of building and designing something to solve a problem.
With a few simple materials, you can challenge your child’s thinking and grow their problem-solving skills.
Inspired by our Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet tree, this engineering activity will have your child experimenting with materials to build an apple tree!
Can you build an apple tree?
How many apples can it hold?
- Cardboard Tube
- Green Craft Sticks
- Red Pom Poms
Ask: How can you use the provided materials to build an apple tree?
Imagine: Give time for the students to experiment and play with the materials.
Plan: Collaborate together or work in small groups to create a plan to build your tree. What are the different parts to an apple tree?
Create: Build your tree.
Improve: How can you improve your tree to hold more apples?
Share: Draw a picture of your final tree. Share with other classmates or parents.
Younger Child Modifications: Use wide craft sticks along with bigger size pom poms.
Older Child Modifications: Cut the tube into sections. Stack the tubes to create your apple tree trunk.
Science: What are the different parts of an apple tree?
Technology: Research what tools help pick apples from the trees.
Engineering: Build an apple tree.
Art: Paint a picture of your apple tree.
Math: Count how many apples did you tree hold.