Build It!

Young engineers will build a rocket ship, a bridge, and more with these fun construction activities. Try these projects on a summer's day when you want to practice STEM skills or just have fun! These activities are part of the Summer Learning Adventures.

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Build It!

This week, DIY campers will be constructing cardboard rocket ships, impressive forts, and marshmallow structures. Not only are these building projects a great way for kids to spend a summer afternoon, they also encourage kids to build math and science skills and practice constructive problem solving. And best of all—kids are left with DIY toys that they can use all summer!

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Build It! Checklist

Kids who love to build will enjoy these engineering-focused activities! Create a cardboard rocket, a popsicle stick bridge, and more with these DIY projects.
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Build a Rocket Ship

Building a rocket ship is a great way for kids to learn about measuring and construction. It'll fuel their creative side too!
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Cutting Squares and Rectangles: Build a Robot

Kids use their cutting skills to build a funky robot on this prekindergarten worksheet. This worksheet helps build fine motor skills and recognition of shapes.
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Blanket Fort

Blanket forts are a kid classic! Let your child create a âfortress of solitudeâ on his own for reading, telling scary stories or for cozy cocooning.
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Build a Popsicle Stick Bridge

Inspire your child to put on her engineer hat for the day, as she builds her very own, double-decker bridge.
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Build a City: House

Here's an excellent rainy-day activity for the whole family to share! Build a city with this series, where your child can color, cut and fold all the parts.
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Build Up for an Edible Structure

This activity encourages children to sculpt in free form. The only rule is that they have to build upwards.
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Test the Stability of Newspaper Towers

Let your kid try his hand at engineering as he builds and tests two different structures made out of rolled newspaper. Which one is the strongest?
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Construct a Kid Size Cardboard Castle

Help your little builder move up in the world with this recycled cardboard castle that's just the right size for a young king and his loyal stuffed subjects.
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Big Ben Model

Build a paper model of one of the most famous clocks in the world, Big Ben! This paper craft requires some tricky scissor-work and patience.
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Make Your Own Building Blocks

Invite your kindergartener or first grader to make giant, soft building blocks. He'll have a blast constructing, throwing, stacking, and even falling on them!
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