Bridges with “Three Billy Goats Gruff”

For this week I thought we would focus our learning around bridges. The activities below are broken up over the five days. Don’t feel as if you have to follow the schedule exactly as it is. You are free to do whichever activities you want on whichever days work best for you.

Monday

  • Read “Three Billy Goats Gruff”
    • If you don’t have the book, you can read it here. I recommend turning the sound off and reading the story to your child, rather than just having them listen to it.
    • While reading, ask questions such as
      • Should the Billy Goats Cross the bridge? Why?
      • What is another way the Billy Goats could get to the green meadow?
      • What do you think will happen next?
      • How do you think the Billy Goat feels? The Troll?
      • What do you think happened to the Troll?
  • Stick Puppets
    • Make stick puppets to go along with the story. You can have your child draw their own Billy Goats and Troll, or you can print these and have your child color them. Cut them out and tape or glue sticks or straws to the backs.
    • While your child is working on making their Billy Goats, discuss with them the sizes of the Billy Goats.
      • Which is the smallest? The biggest?
      • Can you line them up from smaller to biggest?

Tuesday

  • Paper Clip Measuring
    • Show your child how to hook paper clips together to make a chain.
    • Have your child hook together paper clips to make the same length as different items around your home (toys, books, shoes, etc).
    • Have your child count how many paper clips long/wide/tall each item is.
    • Discuss which items are bigger, and which are smaller.
  • Learn About Bridges
  • Music and Movement

Wednesday

  • Investigate A Bridge
    • Find a park with a bridge that your child can safely investigate.
    • Allow your child to explore the bridge. Look at the different parts. Discuss what shapes they see, what the bridge is made out of, what it is used for.
    • Bring paper and colored pencils/crayons and have your child draw a picture of the bridge.
  • Recall “Three Billy Goats Gruff”
    • Ask your child what they remember about the book “Three Billy Goats Gruff”.
      • If your child remembers many details, have them retell the story using the stick puppets you made on Monday.
      • If your child is struggling to recall details, have them use the stick puppets to act out the story as you read it to them.

Thursday

  • Listen to the song “Engineers Solve Problems!”
    • You can listen to it here. This is a fun book to read, if you have access to it.
    • Review the steps an engineer uses. Write them down with your child.
      • Ask your child what letter sound they hear at the beginning of each step. Have them write the beginning letter. You write the rest of the letters
      • If they are ready, have them sound out more letters in the words and write them down. Correct spelling is not important. Focus on hearing the sounds.
  • Make Patterns With Sounds
    • Discuss with your child that a pattern is sounds, colors or objects that repeat.
    • An example from “Three Billy Goats Gruff” is when the Billy Goats went ‘trip, trap, trip, trap’ on the bridge.
    • Have your child come up with patterns using their bodies.
      • Example: Clap, Stomp, Clap, Stomp

Friday

  • Build A Bridge
    • Tell your child that they need to build a bridge to help the Billy Goats safely cross the river.
    • Review the steps that an engineer uses from “Engineers Solve Problems!”
      • Ask- What’s the problem? How can Billy Goats safely cross river?
      • Imagine- Brainstorm how they can build a bridge.
        • What materials do you have around your home that could be used for building a bridge?
      • Plan- Draw a picture of the bridge they will build. Gather materials.
      • Build- Have your child use the gathered materials to build a bridge.
      • Test- Have your child place small objects no the bridge to see if it will hold.
        • toy cars or animals, pennies, dominos, etc
      • Improve- If the bridge doesn’t work, ask how they can improve it.
  • To extend the fun with your child’s bridge, consider these activities
    • Have your child use paper clips to measure their bridge. If you or a sibling also built a bridge, have them measure that bridge, too. Which is longer? Taller?
    • Have your child use the stick puppets from earlier in the week to retell the story of “Three Billy Goats Gruff”.

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