So my 5 year old daughter’s daycare class was using case studies to engage the kids in learning. Well the first study was about buildings and the final project the kids were to make was to construct their own building. I thought about it for awhile trying to come up with a good building material we could use. Then an idea struck – Popsicle sticks. 

The items we ended up using was Popsicle sticks, white glue, hot glue, and acrylic paint. This ended up being a 2 day project since we had to let it dry. 

We started by gluing together a square frame for the walls.

Then we added Popsicle sticks all along the frame for the walls. We put one layer first then added another over top going the opposite way. 

We left either a long opening for a doorway 

 or a square in the middle to be a window.


For the roof we filled the squares in completely with Popsicle sticks. The last component was the support for the roof. For this we made a triangle frame and added in overlapping sections.


We made extra sections for each to make sure we had enough when assembling.

For assembling we started with a solid square (we used an extra roof one) as the base then used hot glue to attach the sides. We opted for hot glue here instead of white glue because it dried faster. 


For fun and extra support we used one of the extra doorways in the middle of the building.

Next we attached the triangle sections to the top.


Next we added the roof panels. Since the panel was a little short for the house, we used two panels on each side overlapping them.

To fill in the gap at top we placed individual sticks overlapping.

Next I had my daughter paint the house with acrylic paint however she wanted. She choose 3 colors to use.


Using some of my paint brushes she went to work. 

She was really proud of the end result and she learned how to build a house and all that goes into it. 

Have you made a Popsicle stick house or one out of another material? Leave a comment and share what you did.

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