Teach Your Preschooler to Love Reading by Building

Teach Your Preschooler to Build A House with Reading

The tale of Hansel and Gretel teaches your preschooler to Build A House with Reading


To encourage a preschooler’s interest in books about buildings you can use everyday items to build a small sculpture.

You need a paper plate, toothpicks, graham crackers and gumdrops. The candy serves as Tinker toys for tiny fingers. An alternative is using pretzel sticks for toothpicks and colored marshmallows for gumdrops.

Gumdrops are easy for preschoolers to pick up.

Gumdrops are easy for preschoolers to pick up.


Show your child how to assemble walls, roof, door using the food items. Children will like the soft textures of the foods. This activity could accompany a reading of Hansel and Gretel, castles, farm stories and other books with a focus on buildings. Have fun!

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