Let’s build a city out of paper for a fun architectural activity! If your kids love to build and are looking for a new challenge, they’re going to love building a paper city! It is the ultimate paper craft idea for kids of all ages that requires limited supplies that you already have on hand plus their imagination. We have new paper house templates that you can download, print, decorate, fold and secure to make your own paper city.

Paper city made by this architecture for kids STEM project - inspired by Foster + Partners paper city shown with streets and folded paper houses
Let’s make a paper city with our own paper houses!

Paper House & City Crafts for kids

Making your own paper city is a great way to not only keep your child busy, but also give them a creative outlet to create and play. Creating your own paper city is educational entertainment that introduces some basic architecture concepts and stretches kids imaginations into 3D with paper folding and paper building techniques. Click the pink button to download a paper house template now:

Related: More Paper Crafts for Kids and How I Built a DIY IKEA LEGO Table For Kids

Building paper cities is so fun they won’t even know they’re learning. Use the cut out printable house templates for easy paper building.

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Build a Paper City

We were originally inspired by Foster + Partners, a British architecture studio, who released paper craft building templates online, complete with instructions on how to fold and glue each building and structure. We loved the fabulous STEAM activity for kids of all ages, that combined so many different skills, all while being fun.

Printable City Building Templates for Kids

Unfortunately, they removed the online building templates, but here at Kids Activities Blog we used them as inspiration to create our own paper houses!

2 paper house templates printed pdf versions shown stacked on table with coloring supplies from Kids Activities Blog
Print our paper house templates to make your own paper city!

Architecture For Kids

1. Simple House with Roof Template

Printed pdf of simple house with roof template in black and white that can be downloaded, printed, decorated, cut out and pasted or taped - Kids Activities Blog - Architecture for kids blue print to build a paper city
Decorate this simple house with roof printable house template for your city.

The first printable house template has simple lines and can be decorated in any way as a house or store for your paper city.

2. Fancy House with Roof Template

Printed pdf of fancy house with decorative roof template in black and white that can be downloaded, printed, decorated, cut out and pasted or taped - Kids Activities Blog - Architecture for kids blue print to build a paper city
Use this fancy house template to make your own paper city!

Our second printable house template is a fancier house with decorative roof tiles that can be decorated to be added to your paper city.

Download & Print House Template PDF Files Here

Our Experience Building a Paper City

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.

Related: Have you build a paper bag city?

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.

Child building a paper house to add to a paper city - Architecture paper craft to build buildings and a city
It is so fun to make paper houses!

Additional 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.

“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.”

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

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.

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Origami paper frogs that teach children kinetic energy.

Did you have fun with this paper craft? What did your paper city look like?



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