SEP
23
2010

China Craft ~ The Great Wall

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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:

Supplies:

  • 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)

Directions:

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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Click here to see the rest of our China Activities!

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Comments

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

  2. Very cool!

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

  4. 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!

  5. That is THE COOLEST!

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

  7. 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

  8. LOVE!!!!!

  9. That is AWESOME!

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

  11. This is great. Do you only purchase one set of the foam blocks or did you need more than one?

  12. Anonymous: Yes, I used 1 box of craft blocks, but we used them ALL! Do don't waste any! That's why I'm going to have to get some more, they wanted to play with them for fun and we didn't have any left.

  13. this is a great addition to a china study! :) we will be doing one this year, so I can't wait to include this! :)

  14. this is a great addition to a china study! :) we will be doing one this year, so I can't wait to include this! :)

  15. I homeschool 2 daughters adopted from China…I am loving these posts! I cannot wait to make The Great Wall! While in China, my daughter (age 3) at the time referred to it as the Great Steps of China as it is pretty steep in areas and you have to climb tall steps. Keep the posts coming. I will be purchasing your geography curricula soon.

  16. I love this!!! I want to do it for our China studies!!

  17. Absolutely saving this one for when we do China. :-)

  18. LOL! I thought those were rice crispie treats! Lots and lots of rice crispy treats!Love your wall!! Great job!

  19. wow, this is incredible!! What a fantastic wall. You've given me the idea to try a smaller version with sugar cubes sometime. :)

  20. This is so cool! When I saw the pic in your original post, I thought you used sugar cubes. We will HAVE to do this! Our homeschool group is having International Night this year and I was planning to do Ukraine because we have some Ukrainian things that our missionary friends have given us, but this is just too cool not to do!

  21. This is amazing! What a wonderful hands-on adventure. Thanks so much for sharing this. It's nice to meet you.

  22. LOVE IT!! Very cool!

  23. Wonder if Hobby Lobby or Michaels has these bricks? I purchased your Expedition book because it looks like so much fun. Can't wait to get started, just have to wait for my books to come in.Thanks so much for your wonderful ideas!

  24. This is really neat! I wish we had known about these bricks when we studied China last year. I'll have to keep it in mind another time. Great job!

  25. FANTASTIC!! My only question is this; Where the heck do you store this when you are done??!!! Keep up the awesome job!

  26. You guys did a great job!! This is so beautiful. Thank you for the clear instructions too. I will look for those bricks. :)

  27. This is awesome, I love it! I first thought they were Rice Krispies too. I'd definitely love to try this at home with my kids, I'm sure they'll enjoy it:)

  28. This is awesome, I love it! I first thought they were Rice Krispies too. I'd definitely love to try this at home with my kids, I'm sure they'll enjoy it:)

  29. I love this! We are doing Ancient China later in our school year. I had a paper wall created. I admit while I was looking forward to it, I was dreading the printing I was going to do. This is going to not only be an awesome project but a sanity saver.

  30. Erica,We just finished up China in your Expedition Earth. We loved it. We built our Great Wall of China out of Nuudles. Boys thought it was great. Do you feel it is a push to fit in a country per week? We stretched it to two because we were strapped for time. Maybe I just need to be more organized?

  31. this is amazing!you have been featured on the Montessori Goldminehttp://themontessorigoldmine.blogspot.com/2010/10/weekend-round-up.html

  32. Yeesh. It look so good it's hard to believe little kids made it. Fantastic job!I'm linking this on my Ancient China lens.

  33. Where did you purchase the styrofoam blocks?

  34. Anonymous: The link to the bricks is in the supplies at the top of this post, here's a link to Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HMI6W8?ie=UTF8&tag;=confofahome-20&linkCode;=as2&camp;=1789&creative;=390957&creativeASIN;=B002HMI6W8

  35. I can't wait to try this. I ordered the bricks today. Thought about sugar cubes but can't find any and they would cost as much as the bricks anyway.But I am assuming you mean parallel lines in Step 1? If I am wrong then I am confused. :-)Kori

  36. KORI: Yes, LOL! Thanks, I fixed it, I did mean parallel!

  37. We’re in the middle of our Great Wall and my boys (4 and 7) are LOVING it! We found the craft bricks at Michael’s, thank goodness, since I didn’t plan enough ahead to order them online :-) Thanks for a GREAT craft!! (Oh, we’re still working on where to store it :-P)

  38. hi can you make me one

  39. This is a great model. We are currently studying Ancient China and may do something similar. Thanks for the idea.

  40. Colleen Gaye says:

    Thanks !!!!! This Is Actually Our Project For The First Quarter And I dont Know What To DO ! Until I Saw This Website ! Thank you So Much This is A big Help !!!!!! Thanks
    GOD BLESS

  41. i have a world culture project coming up and i want to wow my teachers. This is so creative and easy i love it! do you have anymore bright ideas about cultural landscapes or wonders?

  42. great job love it

  43. Have already decided that when we study China next year we’re going to do this craft . . . only I think we’re going to try to make it out of Rice Krispie Treats! Just call me crazy . . .

  44. where did you get the FloraCraft Styrofoam Bricks?

  45. Owemji! You save me,! I think I gonna
    use this awesome idea for our school group acting
    Great wall of china was our topic, I cant
    thnk of some ideas that can make grt wall,
    until- i saw ur site!!. But the problem is if it is
    expensive bricks, and where to store after we
    finished making it T_T By the way thanks! and I
    love it!

  46. The bricks are small, why yours was big,? im confused.

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