Age Range: 7 to 12
Grade Range: 2 to 6
Skill Level: Moderate
Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days
Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Time needed for project:
1½ hours plus drying time
By Katie Hacker
Elmer’s® Disappearing Purple Glue Stick
12” FloraCraft® STYROFOAM™ Brand block
Cereal boxes (or other flat recycled boxes)
An old atlas or map paper
Plastic serrated knife
1: Ask an adult to carefully pry up the staples in the center of your atlas, then remove a two-page section.
2: Lay the box or foam block on top of the map and wrap it like a present. Use a glue stick to glue the edges down.
3: Use a pencil to mark along the side of the ruler, then cut it out to make a paper strip. Cut the strip into equal sections to make windows. Cut a larger rectangle for the door.
4: Arrange all of your pieces on the front of the building and use a glue stick to glue them down.
5: It's easy to make buildings out of rectangles, but to make different shapes like triangles for rooftops, use a plastic knife to cut a piece of foam. Cut a square piece of map that's a little over an inch wider than the foam. Fold and glue the edges down.
Make as many buildings as you want to, then lay them on the floor and pretend you're flying above the city in your super hero cape!
Optional: You might choose to decorate your own paper for an artistic city. Spread watercolor paint onto Canson watercolor paper in random strokes. Let it dry, then use it to cover your boxes or foam or use it to create little inserts for your windows so they look like stained glass.
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