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Dynamite Newspaper Dome

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.

completed newspaper dome made by kids as a small playhouse

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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.

rolling newspapers to make logs for the dome

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.

three logs stapled together in a triangle

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.

image of triangles being assembled into a wall

4.  Making the Roof

Staple the ends of five logs together into a star that forms the roof of the playhouse.

image of five logs stapled together in a star shape

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.

image of completed dome being used as a doll house

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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