Activity:

Construction for Kids

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What You Need:

  • Old magazines (or newspapers)
  • Pencil
  • Tape (clear plastic tape works best)
  • Basket

What You Do:

  1. Prepare paper rolls ahead of time by cutting apart old magazines. Roll each page on a pencil, making long, slender rolls. For a whole class, you will need hundreds of rolls; for a single builder, you can start with as few as 10. You can make larger rolls by using newspaper, rather than magazines.
  2. Tape the rolls closed at both ends.
  3. Place the rolled paper and tape in a basket.
  4. Tell kids these paper rolls will be their building blocks. They can bend, weave, smush, or push them together however they'd like to create a three-dimensional construction.

This project can be done solo, but it's also fun for a group of kids to work on together. Making constructions in groups helps kids focus on teamwork and communication.

This is a great thing to have on hand for when boredom strikes. Keep a basket of paper rolls and tape handy for a ready-anytime project.

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