Exploring Architecture: Advanced DIY Projects

Hi Everyone!

This week we are exploring some architecture resources. Today I have a selection of some links to more advanced DIY activities and fun projects you can do with your kids from building a spaghetti bridge to modeling a house in SketchUp:

James Dyson Foundation

An engineering challenge for older kids: Build a bridge using spaghetti! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=Pp9U6lyoIqg&feature=emb_logo

Box Yourself (You Tube)

Make a beautiful DIY Cardboard Scandinavian Style House (8+ or younger kids with help)

They also have a step-by-step for a gorgeous little dollhouse with room, furniture and people

Kidzu from the Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill North Carolina USA/Kids Design Collaborative

Kids can design their own museum and share it online at:


LEGO Geometry

Grade School Giggles offers this math tutorial on exploring area and perimeter using Legos: https://tinyurl.com/y79nxepz

Minecraft Education

My kid is making all kids of amazing structures in Minecraft. This site has a lesson plan where kids push their building skills by emulating an architectural style from history. Each student or pair of students chooses a style and builds it. This would need some preparation from the teacher or parent: https://education.minecraft.net/lessons/building-architecture/

PBS Building Big Website with Flash interactive building challenges for ages 8+


Big Designs

Build a Geodesic Dome with plastic straws and brads (ages 8+)


Quarky Science

Build a modular Polyhedron (ages 10+) Download the PDF here:

AIA “Architecture-It’s Elementary!”

Getting serious about teaching architecture? Download this very useful PDF for teaching architecture for all grades from K-5 starting with recognizing simple shapes in geometry and buildings, to the ins-and-outs of (U.S.) city planning:

SketchUp (ages 10+ or very clever 8;) )

You can download a free 30-day trial or work online with their free version of SketchUp Architectural modeling software. https://www.sketchup.com

Here are some basic tutorials:

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