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Architecture of Asia: Build a Pagoda
The pagoda is a distinctly Asian type of architecture that often includes many tiers (or levels) and multiple eaves and rooftops on the buildings. Help your child to learn about the cultural significance of these impressive structures as he drafts and builds his very own mini-model. Research the historical development behind the pagoda—its origins are said to date back centuries to the Indian Stupa, a Buddhist monument—and discover how this unique structure has evolved into modern times.
Start with a basic structural drawing, or blue print, and encourage your child to engineer his own majestic marvel. Use a ruler to make precise calculations as your pint-sized architect creates a scaled model from the ground up.