Engineering techniques are used in our everyday lives when we solve problems. Checkout the kids in this video, from Peep and the Big Wide World, solving the problem of creating shelter for their teddy bears. They decided to use cardboard and tape to build their structures, and then they find ways to shape and connect everything to create a stable structure. Along the way, they consider what they already know about how houses and other structures are built and use this knowledge to shape the design of their teddy bear fort. As a final step, they test their design with the garden hose to see how well the house protects the bears. What changes do you think they could make so the stuffed animals don’t get wet?
When building your own Teddy Bear Fort, you can use similar materials to the video. Or, you can use items you have on hand like chairs, pillows, and blankets, books, game boxes, etc. Get creative while building, and depending on the weather you can build inside or outside.