Every day little ones race across the living room and bound onto the couch. Together they jump as if the cushions are their very own mini trampolines.
If you know a young jumper, then the book (affiliate link) Little Fox by Marilyn Janoyitz will soon become a favorite. Little Fox loves to jump on his mom’s chair and even tries to ride it like a horse. Then, one day, Momma’s chair breaks.
The book inspired this fun preschool STEM activity to build a chair for a stuffed animal.
There are so many materials that your child could use when designing his/her stuffed animal chair. I suggest gathering a variety of materials for your child to choose from. I put mine all in a box as an invitation to create.
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- Cardboard Tubes
- Empty Play-Doh Cans
- Empty Food Containers
- Cardboard (Empty cereal boxes would work great.)
- Cotton Balls
- Craft Foam
- Scrap Paper
- Drinking Straws
- Clear Packing Tape
- Craft Glue
- Hot Glue Gun
The challenge, of course, is to design a comfortable chair that will actually hold a stuffed animal. We chose smaller stuffed animals, but you may want to increase the challenge and have your child create a chair for a larger animal.
Allow your child time to go through the materials and experiment with what might work. We used hot glue to quickly put materials together. (Caution: hot glue should only be used with adult supervision. Younger children can tell where to place items and the adult can do the actual gluing.)
Clear packing tape may also work in quickly holding items together. For smaller pieces, like adding cotton balls to the seat, craft glue will work.
As your child builds they may find their design needs tweaked a bit in order to hold up their stuffed animal. Cardboard tubes may need to be cut shorter so the chair doesn’t tip as easily; a different back may need to be created to hold animals in place. This is all part of the learning process.
Mine each built 2 chairs, and each of them was a unique design.
Finally, be sure to test those chairs out!
Thanks to this STEM activity the stuffed animals now have chairs. I wonder if I will see them bouncing on them like a certain couple kids do each day on my couch?
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JDaniel4's Mom says
What wonderful chairs! I bet the animals loved them. Thank you for sharing on Read.Explore.Learn.
Yes, the animals were quite please with their new chairs. 🙂
What a fun way to bring the book to life! 🙂
It’s one of my favorite things to do with the kids — must be the teacher in me. 🙂
I’m gonna write that title down for Christmas gift purposes.
Did you and the kids ever read Mrs McGee’s Coconut, by Allia Zobel-Nolan? I recently got it for my granddaughter. It’s the same kind of book, she was thrilled every time she picked it up. She was here for two weeks and we read that book multiple times every day. Very cute! I bet your kids would like it too.
I’ve never heard of that one — but I’ll add it to our list of books to look for at the library next time. It sounds fun!
That’s awesome. I’ll have to check out that book for the next time I baby sit my sisters kids.
I bet they’ll love it!
Danyelle Franciosa says
One of my nephews love that book when he was a little younger.
I remembered the time when his mom was still at the office and his big brother called me to read him that book cos he can’t sleep. I really miss that little boy.
Donna DM Yates says
What a cute, cute book with a great lesson. But the best part was the chairs your children made.
Oh, I have to agree! I was so excited to let them design their own chairs!