Architecture is a great way to learn about mathematical concepts such as number relations, measuring, and even geometry. Introduce these and many other, architectural concepts to your child with this holiday themed art activity! Map out a spooky haunted house by creating a blueprint for one with your child.
What You Do:
- Help your child to come up with an overall design concept for her haunted house and talk about the different components of the house Where will the front door be located? Are there windows?
- Ask your child to use the ruler, compass, protractor, or any other measuring instrument to draft a blueprint of her idea onto the drawing paper using a blue pencil. The drawing can be an interior or exterior view from the front, side, back, or top. Make sure that she uses a straight edge to make precise lines, and select a specific scale (such as one foot equals one inch) for the project.
For added fun, help your child to turn her imaginative architectural idea into a three dimensional creation. Use cardboard boxes, tape, glue, and paper to make a sculptural model of the haunted house blue print plan.
Erica Loop has an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.