Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Houses Around the World Mini Unit

   We had requested the book If You Lived Here from the library a few weeks ago and I kept meaning to get around to reading it with the boys.  Today we finished our schoolwork in record time and we were looking at a long day with nothing to do.  Inspiration struck and I told the boys I'd read the book and then they could create at least one of the houses from the story using materials from around the house.  They thought that sounded like a lot of fun!

   We read the book and then brainstormed other houses that we knew of that were not pictured in the book.  We talked about the materials we could use--

  • play dough
  • building blocks
  • Lincoln logs
  • Lego's
  • Empty boxes, cans and jugs
  • Toothpicks/ Popsicle sticks
  • Virtual recreations-- I figured at least one boy would want to use Minecraft
  • Lunch bags
  • Paper
  • Magna-tiles   
  • Food-- Think Rice Krispie treats, pretzel rods, pasta pieces, and crackers. 
  At first they all started in with play dough and were making pretty much the same houses but the more we talked, looked through Pinterest at crafting ideas and talked the more they branched out and started challenging themselves.   Ian decided to make a log cabin out of Popsicle sticks; it will take him a few days since all the glue needs to dry but he's already gotten the floor and two walls done.
Ian's floating house from the Netherlands 

Evan's stilt house from Chili 

Alec's decorated house of Ndebele 

Working on his log cabin 

   They eventually started making other things with play dough too and led to an entire afternoon of fun.   I heard them talking about foods from around the world and all the recipes they were making for one another too!

As a follow up we also read Homes Around the World and looked through From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers 

Big Family Frugal  and What to Read Wednesday


  1. This looks like alot of fun! My kids enjoy doing activities like this!

    1. It really was. I can tell my oldest, in particular, really was interested in trying out a few different types of houses. I always forget how much he likes to build and construct and I'm not always as creative in finding ways to tie that creativity in with what we're doing. So when inspiration struck this morning we ran with it.

  2. You can google Operation Christmas Child and then look for a drop off location near you.
    BLessings, Dawn