Three Little Pigs

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In this activity, leaners explore building techniques by recreating the story of The Three Little Pigs. They build model houses out of plastic grass, popsicle sticks, and building blocks, and then test to see how strongly their houses stand up to the huffing and puffing of a hair dryer. The activity uses the story to explore the design process of building, testing and changing, as well as the scientific method of predicting, measuring and analyzing.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Learning Time: 45 to 60 minutes
  • Estimated materials cost: $1 - $5 per group of students
  • Age Range: Ages 4 - 14
  • Language: English

Materials List (per group of students)

  • Shredded green cellophane spring basket “grass” (or other straw-like material: yellow yarn, shredded paper, drinking straws, etc.)
  • Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors
  • Wooden blocks or LEGOs
  • Clay
  • Hair dryer

Informal Categories

  • Literature
  • Model Building


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

To use this activity learners need to

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Funding sources

  • National Science Foundation ESI, 0206403



Deborah Lee Rose
Three Little Pigs books

The well known story of The Three Little Pigs is available in many published versions. Add to those the "fractured fairy tale" version by Jon Scieszka, titled The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, where the big, bad wolf tells his version of what really happened.