Activity 5- Stick Models

Resources: Sticks and home made play dough  or messy but fun naturally sourced mud or clay.

Easy make at home play dough recipe:


To extend on your 2D stick shapes, have a go making 3D shapes or models using your sticks and playdough/mud to hold them together.

You may have your own ideas of what works best for you

that you can also share with us.

What would you like your model to look like?

What you will use?

How will you? What else might work? What could you do differently?

What could you add? What does it remind you of?

Can you tell me about your model?


 Characteristics of Effective Learning – Creating and Thinking Critically

Having their own ideas

  • Thinking of ideas
  • Finding ways to solve problems
  • Finding new ways to do things

Making links

  • Making links and noticing patterns in their experience
  • Making predictions
  • Testing their ideas
  • Developing ideas of grouping, sequences, cause and effect

Choosing ways to do things

  • Planning, making decisions about how to approach a task,solve a problem and reach a goal
  • Checking how well their activities are going
  • Changing strategy as needed
  • Reviewing how well the approach worked

Maths – Shape Space and Measure

22-36 months

  • Notices simple shapes and patterns in pictures.

30-50 months

  • Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects.
  • Uses positional language.
  • Shows interest in shape by sustained construction activity or by talking about shapes or arrangements.
  • Uses shapes appropriately for tasks.

40-60 months

  • Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.
  • Uses familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.

Expressive Arts and Design – Exploring using Media and Materials

30-50 months

  • Uses various construction materials.
  • Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces.
  • Joins construction pieces together to build and balance.

40-60 months

  • Understands that different media can be combined to create new effects.
  • Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
  • Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.
  • Selects appropriate resources and adapts work where necessary.
  • Selects tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.


Please use this space to record any findings, adaptions, reflections and quotes from your children. We would love you to email them back to us or share them on Tapestry.