How to Make a Longhouse Out of Popsicle Sticks
Longhouses were actually found in Native America. They are rare now, but you may need to build a tiny version of them for your upcoming project. Do you know how to build them? Well, there are several techniques and several items that can help you to make a longhouse.
But today, I will show you how to make a longhouse out of popsicle sticks. It will be a great activity to enhance your and your kid’s creativity level. So, let’s have a look at them.
Required Materials for Making a Loghouse Out of Popsicle Sticks:
- Popsicle sticks
- Scotch tape or glue
- Ruler, scissors, and pencils for measuring.
Instructions on How to Make a Longhouse Out of Popsicle Sticks:
Step One: Lay Two Popsicle Sticks
Lay two popsicle sticks parallel to each other in front of your body according to the measurements that you have taken (mine were 12 inches). This will be one side of your longhouse’s wall. If desired, make this length longer by adding more popsicle sticks beside these first ones – I recommend making them at least 18 inches, though, so they don’t start falling from being too light.
Step Two: Lay Another Set of Two Popsicle Sticks
Take two more popsicle sticks and lay them down to parallel the first two sticks. Offset them by four inches from the right side. Ensure all four sticks are aligned with the corner markers and measuring tape. These four sticks will be the back wall of the structure.
Step Three: Repeat Step Two
Repeat step two on the left-hand side where you started, this time using only one long popsicle stick to complete that row instead of two shorter ones – these will then form a V shape to create an opening for people coming inside or as a door later when we add more popsicle sticks on top. You now have three walls!
Step Four: Connect Those Same Pieces
Connect those same pieces at their ends by overlapping each end over the other and securing them with a dab of glue.
Step Five: Cut Off the Excess Popsicle
Cut off the excess popsicle stick on top that’s not needed to create an opening for people coming through or a door later when we add more popsicle sticks on top by using another long piece as your guide – like before, make sure you use equal lengths between each end. You now have four walls!
Step Six: Cut Them in Half
Cut the last two longer pieces in half at their midpoint so you can attach one whole side to each wall without overlap, forming a “V” shape. These are called roof beams because they go across the tops of our newly made walls.
Step Seven: Put Glue
Take your glue and put it on either end of a beam that’s touching both walls, then lay down another beam right next to it, making sure those ends touch as well – this is how we’ll create angled corners for our house! It also makes everything stronger since more surface area is glued together than just gluing an entire side onto one wall or the other.
Step Eight: Create This “V” Shape
Continue to create this “V” shape by putting glue on one end of a beam and then laying down another beam next to it at the proper angle so they touch until you have created four beams that run across our two walls (or three if your house is going to be shorter than ours).
Now we will put one more row of beams below these for them to rest securely together – don’t worry about any overlap or gaps! These are called floor beams because they support the roof beams above.
Step Nine: Finishing Up
After creating the framework for the longhouse, students can start building it up with popsicle sticks. If they need help figuring out how many sticks they need, they can use the measurements of their house to determine how long each row should be and then multiply it by the number of rows.
Continue this process until you get the shape of your longhouse. After accomplishing that, start painting the house in your own way.
Finish the process by cutting the doors and windows with a short edge. That’s it; your longhouse is ready now.
The longhouse popsicle stick structure is a great project to do with the kids. You can also use it for decoration if you don’t want to eat all of your popsicles at once! It’s easy enough that even younger children can help out, providing an opportunity for them to learn about teamwork.
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