Friday, April 15, 2011

Kids Skyscraper Craft & Pretend Play Tower: Project #83

Kids Skyscraper Tower Sensory Craft & Pretend Play Project
Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
Skyscraper Craft and Play Tower

Supplies Needed:
  • Masking Tape (masking tape is easily painted over)
  • Variety of Empty Boxes and Cardboard tubes
  • Washable Poster Paint
  • Variety of Paintbrushes and Paint Rollers
  • Foam Stickers
  • Construction Paper
  • Paint Tray or Pan
  • Knife or Sharp Scissors
  • Newspaper, Aluminum Foil or Flattened Large Cardboard Box To Keep The Work Area Clean
What To Do:
  •  To Build the Skyscraper/Tower
  1. Tape your boxes closed with masking tape.
  2. Talk about how you're going to build your tower/skyscraper.
  3. Let your child stack the boxes until he comes to a decision on how the final tower should look.
    HINT: We added a cardboard tube and a piece of a cardboard hanger (from dry cleaner) to the top of ours so it looked like an antennae.
  4. Use masking tape to attach the boxes to each other. Attach on all 4 sides because they have to be sturdy or else it will fall apart when being painted.
  5. Tape your tower to the floor to keep it from toppling over while the next few steps are completed. Use masking tape.
  6. Attach sheets of construction paper on half of the box sides. These will paint nicely. 
  7. ADULT ONLY! Use a knife to cut some holes in the boxes for hiding places. They were our dinosaur caves and superhero lairs.
    HINT: If you make an arch with a rectangular notch at the top it will be easy for your child to open and close it.

  8. Add foam stickers if you want. They are going to be painted so using regular stickers isn't a great idea here.
  •  Painting the Skyscraper/Tower 
  1. It's easiest to paint it with your children standing on the floor right next to it so protect your floor! You can use newspaper or we used a large box that we flattened out.
  2. Tape the skyscraper to the protective surface (ie newspaper or flattened out box). This will keep it from tipping over. Children tend to lean as they're painting!
  3. Pour some paint into a pan (or we used an old wooden tray).
  4. Give your child some paint rollers and different sized brushes.

  5. Let them do it however they want! My son opened all the "doors" on the skyscraper and painted inside them. He said it was painting blue rugs on the floors LOL!

    This was my kids favorite project so far! They were so into this! They looked like professional painters! I thought they wouldn't be able to use the rollers (it was their first time with those) but they did a great job. They just kept painting and painting and painting. It was heartwarming to see them so happily involved and proud of their skyscraper.
  6. Let dry completely!
  7. PLAY!!
Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.  
Why We Love Crafts for Kids
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!
For Children with Special Needs 
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.
Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with.

If your child can not stand, build the tower from a low table top or make it from just one box. When it's time for painting you can hold it while your child paints. 
For Older Children An older child will also enjoy this project as is.

"Do Skyscrapers Touch the Sky?" by Allan Fallow is part of the Time-Life First Questions and Answers series. It answers 22 questions about the city and city life including: Where do city people live?  What's under the street? Do skyscrapers touch the sky? Simple, and direct text with fun & lively illustrations!

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Check out this perfectly suited FREE Printable from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize! It's a skyscraper with a painter!
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.     

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

The tower looks like a great idea. It looks like the kids enjoyed it also.... all for next to no cost!

Kids always seem to use their imagination and enjoy playing with boxes.

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