Your Kids Can Create A Paper City And Learn About Architecture. Here’s How

If your kids love to build and are looking for a new challenge, they’re going to love building a paper city!

This is a great way to not only keep your child busy, but also give them a creative outlet to create and play. Not to mention it is a lot of fun, and the best part is….it is educational! They won’t even know they’re learning.

Paper city made by this architecture for kids STEM project
Foster + Partners

Paper City

Foster + Partners, a British architecture studio, is releasing building templates online, complete with instructions on how to fold and glue each building and structure.

This is a fabulous STEAM activity for kids of all ages, as it combines so many different skills, all while being fun.

Using templates from the architecture studio, kids can color and put together a skyscraper made out of paper. They can cut out and build paper houses.

Architecture For Kids

Kids can even learn how to draw trees like architects do! Foster + Partners members designed the paper city templates to entertain and educate kids. From the looks of it, they plan to continue to release more templates.

Architecture for kids blue print to build a paper city
Source: Foster + Partners

My six-year-old loved cutting out some of the bigger shapes, coloring in parts of the building, and learning how to fold the paper into boxes.

Little does she realize how much she’s learning as she creates her own paper city! After all, this activity is wonderful for encouraging not only creativity and art, but design and engineering skills too.

Architecture paper craft to build buildings and a city

Architecture For Kids Projects

As kids create and build more and more buildings and houses, they can start to design an entire city. In other words, this paper city activity may keep your kiddos busy and entertained for hours.

They’ll have a blast not only putting together the buildings, but deciding how to organize their paper city too.

As Katy Harris, a senior partner at Foster + Partners, told Dezeen:

“The main aim has been to get them to ask questions about their surroundings and start thinking about their built environment. For instance, the photo story activity teaches children about scale and prompts them to think differently about space and buildings.”

Drawing trees and other projects like how to make a city
Source: Foster + Partners

DIY Paper Buildings For Kids Ages 2-12

While Foster + Partners says they designed the templates and activities with kids age 2 to 12 years old in mind, they’re finding that kids of all ages (and yes, parents too) are having a blast making their own paper city.

People from all over the world are emailing their creations directly with Foster + Partners as well as sharing them through social media using the hashtag #architecturefromhome.

For younger kids not yet ready to fold and assemble boxes, consider creating a pretend city with them using paper bags instead.

Just in case you want something else to further encourage your budding architects and artists even more, Foster + Partners also released a children’s book, all about “what makes a building.”

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