14 CHAPTER 1
Holes, Caves, and Nests
Show children a toy pig, and explain that he needs a house but is not sure what
kind yet. Provide children with straw, sticks, and miniature dollhouse bricks
or unit blocks, and ask them to build three houses, one of straw, one of sticks,
and one of bricks. When children are finished building, discuss with them the
merits of each type of house. Introduce and read or tell the story of The Three
Little Pigs to the children, and engage them in huffing and puffing and in re-
citing familiar lines from the story. After reading the story, ask the children if
they believe pigs really live in houses made of straw, sticks, and miniature doll-
house bricks. Ask where they think other animals live. Let the children know
that animals live in a wide variety of homes, including in holes underground
and in trees, in caves, in nests, and in other places too.
a toy pig, straw, sticks, miniature dollhouse bricks or unit blocks, and a Three
Little Pigs storybook
Read and discuss books about where
animals live, such as Home for a
Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown and
A House Is a House for Me by Mary
LS Take children on a playground or
neighborhood walk to look for places
where animals live. Look for dogs,
cats, birds, worms, ants, and so on.
Talk about and take pictures of
any housing you identify.
LPST Take a field trip to visit a store that
sells birdhouses, doghouses, hamster
cages, and other pet homes. Measure
the door dimensions for each home,
and discuss the size of animal that
could live there. Take a look at any
bedding accessories that would go
with the homes.
LMS Involve children in building and
decorating a birdhouse for hanging
at school or to take to their home.