Extreme weather shelter

What is extreme weather? What impacts does it have on your community? In this activity, your learners take on the role of engineers tasked to build a shelter and prepare it against two different types of extreme weather. The activity can be used in KS2, or KS1 with additional support for each group. 

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~ 1 hour


Download the resource below for detailed step-by-step instructions.

What you need

  • A range of shelter building materials/recycled materials
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Extreme weather “simulators”– hose pipe/bucket of water/sponges, fan/hairdryer
  • Ruler
  • Timer/alarm


  • Indoors

Curriculum links

  • Science
  • Design and Technology