Construction for Kids Activity

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Updated on Apr 27, 2016

This creative activity is a great way to recycle old magazines and newspapers while teaching preschool or kindergarten kids about construction. Children work on their fine motor skills and learn about the physics of making a structure stay together. Plus, they'll get a one-of-a-kind project to display in the classroom or at home!

Set them free to build whatever they'd like, or encourage them to experiment based on a particular story. Reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Ask kids to create a tiny, medium, and big chair or experiment with beds of different sizes. Reading The Three Little Pigs? Ask them to experiment with different types of structures and see how they can make their houses stronger, by adjusting how they build them. You'll be amazed by how creative kids can get with such simple materials!

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.

Adapted with permission from "Squish, Sort, Paint & Build: Over 200 Easy Learning Center Activities." Copyright 1996 by Sharon MacDonald. Used by Permission of Gryphon House, Inc., Maryland. All Rights Reserved.

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