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Heavy or Light? Building Materials Around the World (Tool Required)


Development Level: Infant

Learning Areas: Engineering, Math, ECSEL

Overview: Explore pictures of structures made out of different materials around the world, then compare and contrast the weights of different building materials in the classroom!


  • ECSEL Tool: Our Emotions Cards
  • Printed-out pictures of structures around the world made of different materials (e.g., steel, concrete, brick, wood, glass, bamboo, etc.)
  • Various age-appropriate materials of different weights from your classroom or outside (e.g., soft blocks, wooden sticks/popsicle sticks, small wooden blocks, larger rocks, feathers, etc.)
  • Two plastic bins, one labeled “heavy,” and one labeled “light”
  • Optional: resealable plastic bags
This lesson requires Our Emotions Cards. Click here to purchase or learn more about this tool.

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