Bob the Builder

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Can we build it? Yes we can!™ From the top of his yellow hard hat to the toes of his chunky builder boots, Bob is ready to go! In the town of Fixham and neighboring Spring City, no project is too big or too small for Bob and the team. Bob the Builder brings the world of construction to life, empowering little builders everywhere to work as a team. With imagination, positivity and the right tools, kids can build anything. 

The new PBS KIDS series Bob the Builder gently brings the preschooler into the world of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In each episode, Bob and his crew model STEM habits and practices like designing, building, problem solving, taking risks and trying again until they solve the challenge. Working together, responsibility, friendship, handling conflict and helping others are also seamlessly tied into the fun and lively episodes. 

  • Bob the Builder | Learning Goals

    This Bob the Builder Learning Goals handout will help you gently bring your preschooler into the world of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Bob the Builder | How Much Does It Weigh?

    Some objects are heavy and some are light! In this clip from Bob the Builder, Tiny estimates the weight of different objects he lifts with his crane. Watch the clip with your students and then experiment by testing heavy and light items. 

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Bob the Builder | Life Cycle of a Butterfly

    In this clip, the team builds a habitat for butterflies and explores how a butterfly changes from an egg, to a caterpillar, pupa, and then a full-grown butterfly. After watching the clip, students can create butterflies with a toilet paper roll. 

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Bob the Builder | Who Helps Build a Community?

    Just as Bob the Builder and his team manipulate their environment, preschoolers like to explore and manipulate their environments, too! They are natural builders! Blocks are meant to be stacked, blanket forts draped over furniture, or a stream of water dammed and redirected. In this activity, children are introduced to Bob's team and the important role each plays in planning and building a community.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Bob the Builder | Does It Float?

    Some objects can float and others sink to the bottom! Bob and his team help clean up after a storm washes floating objects to the beach. After watching this clip from Bob the Builder, have children make predictions and test theories on the ability of different objects to float in water! 

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Bob the Builder | Pyramid Construction

    Most pyramids have a square base and four triangle sides. Bob and his crew build the new Spring City square pyramid to house a new exhibition for the museum. After watching this segment have students build a pyramid with cubes. 

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Bob the Builder | Toothpick Challenge

    Bob and his team work to make buildings stronger and better as they learn from their mistakes. In this activity, children will be challenged to build a tall structure with toothpicks, while being encouraged to evaluate and try different methods. 

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Bob the Builder | Ice Cube Experiments

    In the episode "Muck on Ice," Bob and his team build an ice skating rink for the Spring City Rockets, and Muck learns the properties of water. Now it is time for children to experiment with ice to enhance observation skills. 

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Bob the Builder | Constructing a Class Zoo

    In the episode "Bear Mountain," Bob and his team must build an enclosure for a bear at the Fixham Zoo. Wendy explains that a habitat is the surroundings where you live. In this activity, children will investigate different animal habitats, and construct one with a shoebox and some creativity! 

    Grades: PreK-2

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