Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Building a House - Little Kid Project

Building a House
Age: 24 Months - 5 Years (younger ones need more supervision)
Time: 15 min (+ Prep)
Theme: Houses, Homes, Construction
Books: A Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic & The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
Heavy Construction Paper or Card Stock (for background)
Construction Paper (for roof, door, windows)
Craft Sticks
White Glue
Adults get to use Scissors
Prep: Precut roof, door & windows. For the roof make a 9” square from a standard (9 x 12) sheet of construction paper then fold into a triangle twice- this will create score lines to cut along for 4-1/2” right triangles. The remaining edge of the sheet can be cut for rectangular doors and windows of assorted sizes.
Activity: Each child gets a sheet of heavy paper, roof, a door, a few windows, several craft sticks and white glue. Let construction begin! Remember: houses come in all different shapes and sizes, so there is no right or wrong to the construction.   
Notes/Tips: Older kids can practice their scissor skills by cutting the pieces themselves. Craft sticks may slide while the glue is wet so it is best to let this project dry flat. To help portion glue put it in a tray or cup and apply with a paintbrush.


  1. Such a cute project for little ones. My little guy is 15 months so won't be long and I can try this with him. I am sure he will enjoy.
    Stopping by from "Sharing Saturday".
    Now following you on GFC and email.
    Have a great weekend :)
    Bismah @
    Simple Mama

    1. Thanks for stopping by Bismah! If you look through the toddler art projects, there are some that are better suited for wee ones than others. Figlet has been doing projects with me since she was about 12 months. For the first several years it is all about the process. The product is just leftover evidence.

  2. Oh, what a great activity!! We may have to try this one soon. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

    1. Thanks! I was pleased with all the different ways that houses were made with the same materials.