Playdough, Peppers, and a Beehive

Children love to build.

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It’s something to do with the challenge, the skill and probably the knocking down, that makes it such an appealing activity for kids.

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When your child plays with constructive materials, building replicas of the world around her, she is like a little scientist, experimenting with balance, structure, space, and even gravity!

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Have you ever watched your child attempt to build a simple tower, only to have it fall down at a particular height?

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Perhaps you have noticed that she tried different ways of placing the blocks until finally she created a tower that stayed up!

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Amazingly, what she is doing is using the scientific method of experimentation, observation, and cause-and-effect to solve the problem of the tumbling tower.

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For our week of bee activities, we applied these skills to the construction of the beehive.

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Using a variety of different materials, we created several beehives.

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We first started with playdough and toothpicks, and finished with bell peppers and toothpicks.

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