The Three Little Pigs-Materials and their uses
The topic of the Three Little Pigs who each choose a different material (straw, sticks and bricks) with which to build their house makes a great starting point for work on materials. Also including the story of The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivisas would give even more examples of different materials and how they are made. The three little wolves use bricks, concrete, reinforced steel and, finally in desperation, flowers, to make their home.
These activities would support children to think about identifying different materials and considering what properties they have and how this suits them for different purposes.