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Life-Size Building Blocks

Life-Size Building Blocks

Happy Monday everyone. I’m pretty thrilled to be able to announce today that Allison of All for the Boys will also be joining the MPMK team as a regular contributor. If you’ve been paying attention, then you already know I’m a fan (featured her here and here). As you’ll see from today’s post, her ideas are spectacularly fun but also remarkably simple. You really won’t be able to resist trying them out at home.

 

Life-Size Building Blocks

 

It’s no secret that we love forts, tents, and hideaways over at All for the Boys so I am super excited to share this simple tutorial on how to build a structure out of newspaper.

 

The way you create the structure can be modified depending on the age of your kids. Mine are 7 and 9 so they did this all by themselves.  All you need is some newspaper as well as some tape and/or a stapler.

 

Life-Size Building Blocks

 

Take two sheets of newspaper, lay them out flat and start rolling it from one corner. The tighter the roll the more support you’ll have. My boys aren’t tight rolling masters yet but they did pretty well for their first time!

 

Life-Size Building Blocks

 

Secure the end with a small piece of tape

 

Life-Size Building Blocks

 

Now make as many rolls as your kids will allow. An ideal amount would be around 48 but I think we stopped around 25 or so. Next, you’ll be making triangles with your newspaper rolls. Tape or staple the ends together to form a triangle.  Click through for the rest of the details.

 

Life-Size Building Blocks

Create as many triangles as you can with your newspaper rolls.

Life-Size Building Blocks

Finally, you’ll secure each triangle to each other creating whatever size structure you want! My boys and I came up with this.

Life-Size Building Blocks

Your structure size will depend on how many triangles you made. Just make sure you have enough for the roof which will provide the final stability for your fort.  You can secure the “joints” with some extra staples or tape to be sure it doesn’t move around too much.

Life-Size Building Blocks

 

Life-Size Building Blocks

 

The rest is up to their imaginations!

 

Life-Size Building Blocks

 

The structure should even be sturdy enough for a blanket on top!  Either way it’s a pretty fun activity to do with your kids that they will be proud of and enjoy!

 

 

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Valley Learning Center June 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

This is a great & fun idea out of old newspaper. Thank you for sharing!!! I’m gonna try this in class as a teach working with others. Love it!!!

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Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I can’t wait to do this with Will… Saving it for a rainy day! -kat

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Oltreverso June 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Ma che bella idea!!!!! Grazie!

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Kristin June 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

If you use a doweling rod to wrap the newspapers around, it can help the kids get a tighter roll, and incidently, a stronger structure!

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Anonymous June 13, 2012 at 6:47 am

I love this idea!!!

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Tansy Dolls June 14, 2012 at 6:29 am

This is such a fabulous idea!

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Anonymous June 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

This is fantastic! My nephews are here for the summer and I’m excited to this with them! Thanks for sharing!

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Marta Wakula-Mac June 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

great idea! love it!

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Anonymous June 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I own a print shop and have BOXES of 48″ thick wall 3″ cardboard tubes. FORT TIME!

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Shalini June 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

What a cool idea. I absolutely love it!

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Lynda September 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Fantastic idea my boys age 6 & 9 have had such fun making their own. We used pencils to get them started rolling!

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Aun Koh November 2, 2012 at 5:17 am

Made this today. Very, VERY cool. My son loved it. But it didn’t last more than an hour as he tried swinging from the “bars” and pretty much crushed it. :(

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Debbye November 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Can’t wait to try this with my son!

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The Monko January 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm

this is absolutely awesome. I usually leave the fort building to Hublet but I think you may have converted me

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catherine ferat February 2, 2013 at 9:26 am

Very good and simple idea to achieve with a child

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caren April 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I did something like this in High School. We were in teams and rolled up papers and had to build a structure as tall as we could. The tallest that stood won.

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Madison June 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

This is awesome! I’m only nine and I think this is the awesomest fort I have ever seen!

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Steph (MPMK Founder) June 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for commenting Madison – glad you like it and hope you try it!

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Neisha May 5, 2014 at 11:01 am

We used this idea at home for Earth Week last year. In a few weeks, I’m looking forward to using this idea for my son’s all-boys’ fourth grade class. We are calling it fort funDAY–I sold the principals on it by sharing how this project will incorporate math, science and history. We’re going to have “camp foods” and I’m even splitting the students into teams of engineers, contractors, tradesmen, and interior designers. Thank you for this post.

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Steph (MPMK Founder) May 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

That’s so amazing! I would love to see pictures on our facebook page of the big day :).

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Dafne May 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I wish I’d known about this as a kid, I was always building tents to play in. This would have made things so much easier!

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nat July 13, 2014 at 4:19 am

Ours didn’t work so well. The ends kept crumpling and colapsing . The kids ones were far too big so no strength in it. Perhaps it is for older kids than 7. Piry it didn’t work. Seemed like a great idea.

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