Upon returning from my first ever weekend (and overnight, actually) away from Miss G, she immediately asked if we could open the last of her activity bags. She explained that she had already opened all of the other bags, but had saved the ‘bonus bag’ to do with me once I returned home.
She pulled the items out one by one and this is what we found inside… A box of sugar cubes, some white glue, and several pieces of thick cardboard. The note inside explained that the materials were for building structures, and Gracen wasted no time getting started.
First up, she told me she was going to build ‘biiiiig’ towers. ‘Big, big, big, big, biiiiiig ones’. And that she did. Layering a little squeeze of glue between each sugar cube allowed her to create several tall towers.
When her towers reached the height that satisfied her expectations, she asked for help with making a ‘rectangle’. I squeezed the glue out onto the cardboard in a rectangular shape, and she place the cubes along the path. We continued this pattern several times and finished off with a top layer that made the structure look castle-like.
With our sugar cube box running low, we decided we had enough left for one last structure. Grae decided on a pyramid with a fence around it (the fence was very important) and so that’s what we did.
I really love this activity because it can be very open-ended – the possibilities are endless! Grae loved it so much that she was quite disappointed when the sugar cubes were gone, so we’ll definitely be trying it again soon!
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2 thoughts on “Building Sugar Cube Structures”
I’m so happy I came across your blog for some fun art ideas for my homeschooled children! My kids are a bit older but would love some of the ideas you post. My question is what do you do with all of these neat little craft projects when they’re finished? Do you save for awhile then toss or store? We have so many pictures and projects that I wonder what to do with all of them when they’ve moved on… Thank you!!
I was a preschool teacher and I always told my student’s parents to save our projects for awhile then take a picture of them to keep before disposing of them. That lets the child know that you still value the project and you have a permanent record of their efforts to keep.