Global architecture studio, Foster + Partners, has come up with a fun and creative way for kids to learn about architecture and building.
They’ve created several templates, in PDF form, which you can download and print out. Then kids can cut them out, fold and glue them, to create the basic shapes, which they will then use to make their own buildings and cities.
The templates provide the basic building blocks and the kids provide the creativity.
Kids are encouraged to take a picture of their creations and share on social media with the hashtag #architecturefromhome, or to send their pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only materials you’ll need are paper (possibly card stock), scissors, glue, and a few cocktail sticks (or toothpicks.)
You can find the templates in articles in the news section of their website, but we’re including a few of the links to templates and projects below:
Create Your Own Paper Skyscraper: Print out multiple copies of this template to make your own skyscraper.
Create Your Own City: Templates for a house and blocks to build different buildings.
Future Architect and their Fantastical Skyscraper: This is a fun collaborative project, where participants each draw a different part of the skyscraper or architect, creating a wacky result.
Learn to draw trees like architects: This links to two templates, one with a worksheet showing drawing techniques, and one with a worksheet for younger children to color.
What Makes a Building: This is a little song, with illustrations, that shows the kids the basics of what makes a building.
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