Three Little Pigs Construction Company

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In this activity about problem-solving, learners build a house for the Three Little Pigs using twenty straws and two index cards. Learners then use a fan to simulate a tornado and shake the table three times to simulate an earthquake. Learners must alter their house design to make it sturdy enough to withstand the elements and house the pigs. This activity guide contains sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 3 small plastic pigs (or something to represent the pigs)
  • Fan
  • Straws
  • Index cards
  • Other miscellaneous supplies which may include tape, film canisters, cups, toothpicks, clay, small blocks, craft sticks, etc.


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Literature


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Children's Museum of Houston,

Funding Source:

  • ExxonMobil