Exploring Architecture: DIY Activities for Kids

Hi Everyone!

This week we are exploring some architecture resources. Today I have a selection of some easy DIY activities and fun projects you can do with your kids from drawing a blueprint to building your own model and testing its stability.

Mr. Scheutte’s Art Class

How to draw a blueprint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJbcIvtmzro&fbclid=IwAR1UD0hsOJ0vG1FqBU82wUGWV0R71X_Z-dGaoimxZTlB8LcA6Je1SwAOcgA

You can also see instructions on how to draw a floorpan (with downloadable images) here: http://archkidecture.org/draw-a-blueprint/

Howcast

A project for little kids to build using toothpicks and marshmallows (you could also use gumdrops): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6FmrOS72EA&feature=emb_logo

Paper City Templates

British Architecture Firm Foster + Partners has released a set of templates kids can print out or follow to build their own city:

https://www.fosterandpartners.com/news/archive/2020/04/architecturefromhome/

Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth (Finland)

A pop up tutorial to build your own unique colourful home simply from one A4 paper.

ArcKidecture

Build a House with a Shark in the Roof! Or a Cow…(Ages 5+): http://archkidecture.org/theres-a-shark-in-my-roof/

Sweet Earthquake Shake-STEM activity

Build a structure with candies and peanut butter on a “landfill” and see how it withstands an “earthquake”:

Babble Dabble Do

This webpage has a lot going on, but here they have 3 templates and instructions for making your own paper houses: https://babbledabbledo.com/design-for-kids-paper-houses/

Have fun and let us know if you do any of these. Be sure to “follow” us or check back on Saturday for more links to even more advanced architectural projects for kids!

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