Students will learn about Architecture through a technique called, Stamp Printing. Students will create a blueprint of a building using recyclable items with familiar shapes. Students dip these items into paint and stamp print a building. It may be messy, but so worth it!
K.G: Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres).
K.G.3 Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three dimensional (“solid”).
K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Architects and Engineers work together to construct buildings.
Architects are focused on designing the form, space and appearance of a building. Engineers ensure that the building can be built using science, specifically math and physics. Architects have to keep scientific principles in mind while they are designing a building. Together engineers and architects develop the blueprints that construction companies use to actually build buildings.
1. Students will begin to learn what it means to design and plan ahead.
2. Students will learn about what an Architect does.
3. Students will learn how to create a blueprint and what it is.
5. Practicing Patience
Part 1 Supplies:
-The Book: “Iggy Peck Architect” by Andrea Beaty
-Print-outs of different city skylines
Part 2 Supplies:
-White washable paint
-Paper plates for each table
-Recyclable items: cardboard pieces, bottle caps, plastic containers, etc. enough for each table
-12x18 blue construction paper
-Plenty of paper towels/wet wipes
-Collect all the recyclable items you would like to use
-Separate them into bins, one for each table
This project is broken up into 2 parts
*If possible, having a guest speaker for part 1 is a great experience for the students. If not, then just skip step 1*
1. Begin with introductions: Name, occupation
2. Ask the students what they think an Architect does. Then combine their definitions to give an overall description.
3. Have the students gather and read the book, “Iggy Peck Architect”
4. Have a debrief discussion about the different shapes found throughout the book
5. Show students a skyline example and challenge them to go back to their tables to try and find as many shapes as they can within their skyline.
6. If students are finishing quickly, have them draw their own city skyline using at least 3 different shapes.
Part 2: Stamp Printing Project Source
1. Begin with a review part 1 of the activity
2. Introduce the stamp printing lesson and what they will be doing
3. Show them the different recyclable items that they will be using
4. Do a demonstration on how they will dip the item into paint and stamp it onto their page.
5. Show them the right and wrong way to stamp print
6. Send them back to their tables to stamp print for about 10 minutes.
7. After 10 minutes have them go wash their hands 1 table at a time.
8. Have them write their names on their blueprints and carry it to the place where you would like them to dry.
9. Clean tables and room with wet wipes
1. Talk about the different shapes they created to make their structures
2. What was easy, what was hard
Time Estimate: 40 mins each part or 80 mins altogether
Overall, this project is incredible and the students had a great time creating their blueprints. We added the book, "Iggy Peck Architect" and the students really seemed to respond and get a better grasp on what an Architect does and what a blueprint is.
What We Would Change:
Some key changes we would make for this project are to have more wipes, paper towels and providing students with a clear demonstration on how to stamp print properly as well as highlight what NOT to do. Lastly, we have learned, for the blueprints to turn out their best, to only give them 7-10 minutes to stamp print, more than that the blueprints will go from a blueprint to an art project.