Your kids will be amazed when they build a dome out of some old newspapers with this activity. A large
one can be a playhouse for children, or make a small one as a playhouse for dolls.
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Dynamite Dome can be made in two different
sizes. Kids will be able to sit and play inside the full-size playhouse. The
small playhouse could be used as a play fort for action figures, or covered
with handkerchief to make a doll house. The full-size playhouse uses whole
sheets of newspaper. You need to cut the whole sheet into 4 equal pieces
to make the small size playhouse. The building instructions are the same for either
size dome. Building a playhouse will take some time, perhaps 90 minutes.
1. Making Logs
For a full-size Dome, open 4 sheets
of newspaper on top of each other. For the small Dome use two of
the 1/4 sheet pieces. Starting at one corner, use a pencil to help
you roll the paper diagonally into a log. Slip the pencil out of
the log, and tape the log shut. You will need 25 logs to make your
dome. Trim all the logs to be the same length cutting off the weak
edges of the logs.
2. Building Blocks
Staple three logs together to make a triangle. Make five triangles, using
15 of your logs. These triangles for the building blocks for the walls.
3. Sides of the Dome
Lay the five triangles out in a row with their bottom corners
touching. Staple the bottom sides together to create a straight
line across the bottom. Staple four logs across the top. Stand the
walls up in a ring/pentagon. Use one log to staple the walls of
the playhouse together across the top. Leave the bottom row open to creative a
doorway, or staple it together for more stability.
4. Making the Roof
Staple the ends of five logs together into a star that forms the roof of the playhouse.
5. Finishing the Dome
Staple each arm of the star to a corner point on the top of the wall. When making a full size
playhouse, it helps for have a child in the center of the dome holding
the star at right height for stapling.
6. Finishing Touches
put a light weight sheet over the playhouse to make a secret fort;
paint the logs before you put the dome together;
glue pieces of tissue paper over the open triangles to create a stain glass window effect.
Use these logs to build other structures too!
One of our visitors sent in these suggestions.
"My kids really loved this project (and so did I)! It took pretty long to make so many logs for them to each have their own dome, so I would recommend for parents of young ones who need help rolling to do some ahead ot time. Then you will be able to assist them in completing some on their own. We draped fabric over them at the end, and instantly they became forts, hideouts, and houses for various toys. Great website!
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a dome out of some old newspapers with this activity.
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