|Level: Beginner||Duration: NA|
|Grade Level:||Author: LEGO Education|
|Topics: structures, animals|
|Materials: LEGO DUPLO Farm Set, straws, paper, possibly stocking material or fly netting for the pen, small eggs for the nests, and string|
To practice categorization and learn about animals, food, and farming.
DescriptionChickens can fly as high as a farmer’s head. That’s why they sometimes get out of their pen and into the open, where the fox can catch them. Yikes!
Design and make a chicken pen that will keep the chickens safe from the fox in the wood. It should:
- be high enough for the chickens to fly a little.
- have some sort of play area for the chickens, so they don’t get bored.
- include a house where the chickens can lay eggs and rest.
- Is the pen big enough for all the chickens? Use all your DUPLO chickens to test and see.
- Can they fly out? Measure the height of the walls. Are they higher than the farmer?
- Is there plenty of room to run about, light to see by, and air to breathe?
- Is there space for food and water?
- Can the fox get in? Find something to use as a fox (try making one out of play dough) and pretend you want to get inside. You may need to fix your pen.
- Make up a funny poem or song about one of the chickens in the pen. He’s called Ronnie the Rooster and he had an accident just the other day!
- Find out about “battery farming” of chickens. What is it? What do you think of “battery farming?” Can you find something positive or negative to say about it?