China Craft ~ The Great Wall


This activity was such a fun addition to our China week that I think we’re going to use it for part of our Geography Fair display! We decided to use FloraCraft Styrofoam Bricks and they worked so well, I think we’ll use them again just for fun! Are you tempted? Want to make one? Here’s how:


  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Bricks (I used 1 ENTIRE bag for this wall)
  • White Craft Glue
  • Foam Poster Board
  • Fake greenery
  • Cardboard (for the floor of the wall)
  • Toothpicks (to secure stairs on ends of Wall)


STEP 1: Draw 2 parallel curved lines across your poster board and then trace over that with a strip of glue. Place blocks along curve.

STEP 2: Put another bead of glue on top of bottom layer of bricks and stagger so bricks aren’t right on top of each other. Repeat until wall is to desired height.


STEP 3: Cut cardboard to fit curves of wall and glue on top of the brick layer.


STEP 4: Put another layer of bricks on top of the floor (cardboard) layer. And build up castle on both ends of wall.


Since the bricks are foam, you can cut them in half to put the smaller castle tops on each end.


STEP 5: Let bricks dry then cut doorways in foam castles. Use toothpicks to secure bricks inside the natural stair form created from staggering each layer of bricks when making the wall.

STEP 6: Glue fake greenery to edges of wall for decoration.


STEP 7: Test out your wall with various figurines, then take it to your Geography Fair for display!


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  • Rebecca September 23, 2010 at 3:34 am

    That is awesome. I love the paper you made and this, as a way of learning about China!!

  • Crisc September 23, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Very cool!

  • Rebecca September 23, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Excellent project!! I love it.Question…did this require only one bag of craft bricks?

    • ono October 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      sooo cool i will build this some time with my friends!

    • Jo February 27, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Where did you get the materials?

      • erica February 28, 2017 at 11:09 am

        You can get the blocks on Amazon here: , or use a coupon at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby craft stores if you have those.

  • Lauree September 23, 2010 at 4:55 am

    That is awesome!! When I looked at the first picture I thought "surely she didn't make that many rice krispie treats!" We were on the Great Wall of China in December 2007. I love your geography lesson!

  • Phyllis September 23, 2010 at 4:55 am

    That is THE COOLEST!

  • dougandcheryl September 23, 2010 at 5:58 am

    That is amazing! I think we'll have to try it.

  • Sippy Cup Central Mom September 23, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Wow, that is fantastic. Olivia just took her first Mandarin lesson and enjoyed it. I just love what you are doing with CHina! KarenSippy Cup Central Mom

  • Michelle September 23, 2010 at 6:21 am


  • Ticia September 23, 2010 at 6:40 am

    That is AWESOME!

  • Katie September 23, 2010 at 8:01 am

    That is the cutest Great Wall of China. Love it!

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