Elementary School Activities

Welcome to Elementary School Design Club! HCM designers, architects, landscape architects, and planners have all listed their favorite activities to do at home and books to read below, take a look! Share your work with #HCMDesignClub!

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Baltimore City Walking Tour
Walking tours of 1000s of cities!

Build Your Own City and Skyscraper
Free downloadable architecture projects let kids build their own cities and skyscrapers.

I Explore STEM
Lesson plans for grades K-5!

On Hand STEM Activities
STEM On a Budget: Hands-on activities for kids.

K-5 Chapter Downloads
Lesson plans with references to basic architectural principles. 

Next Great Architects
Next Great Architects is a teaching studio which develops young people in architecture through design, history and appreciation.

RAFT STEAM Project Kits
Hands-on learning materials with assembly instructions, suggested activities, and materials required for an engaging hands-on lesson that families can do together.

SketchUp for Beginners
SketchUp lets you use your computer to create models of objects and buildings in three dimensions.

Iggy Peck, Architect Book Reading
Special book reading from the Frank Lloyd Wright classroom.

Kids Corner: International Code Council
Learn about building safety!

Learn From Home: The Skyscraper Museum
A toolbox of activities for kids to draw from that spark the imagination and engage critical thinking by bringing New York City indoors.

Learn about what architect consider when making a building stand tall!

SketchUp for Beginners
SketchUp lets you use your computer to create models of objects and buildings in three dimensions.


Discovering Light
Learn how Frank Lloyd Wright became a mastermind with light by using a flashlight around your home in this fun, illuminating activity.


The Nature of Abstract Art
Observe the nature all around you and use it to create your own abstract art piece.


Frank Lloyd Wright: Draw Your Own Plan!
Use this activity sheet to draw a plan for your dream space.


Frank Lloyd Wright: Draw A Section!
A section looks like a building sliced in half, from top to bottom, to reveal the interior.


Activity: Abstracting Wright
Find the geometry in space.


Kids Corner: International Code Council
Learn about building safety!

ASLA Workbook for Kids and Teens
Learn about landscape architecture with this fun filled booklet!

The Big Book of Blooms  by Yuval Zommer

The Big Book of Bugs  by Yuval Zommer

The Street Beneath My Feet (Look Closer) by Charlotte Guillain

A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer

I See a Pattern Here by Bruce Goldstone

Awesome Architecture Books!

Jamila Peral, The Architect Girl by Kionna Walker 

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty 

Look At That Building! A First Book Of Structures by Scot Richie

How A House Is Built by Gail Gibbons

If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen

Roberto, The Insect Architect by Nina Laden

The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia

Young Frank, Architect by Frank Viva

If You Lived Here: Houses Of The World  by Giles Laroche

Julia Morgan Built A Castle by Celeste Manias

Dreaming Up: A Celebration Of Building by Christy Hale 

The World Is Not A Rectangle: A Portrait Of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter

Norman’s Architecture Adventure by Joshua Sanabria

Home by Carson Ellis

Building On Nature: The Life Of Antonio Gaudi by Rachel Victoria Rodriguez

Dreambuilder: The Story Of Architect Phil Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons

Urban Planning + Cities

A City Through Time by Philip Steele and Steve Noon

The City Kid & The Suburb Kid by Deb Pilutti and Linda Bleck

Country Kid, City Kid By Julie Cummins and Ted Rand

Kids’ Easy-To-Create Wildlife Habitats: For Small Spaces In City-Suburbs-Country… (Williamson Kids Can!)  by Emily Stetson, J. Susan Cole-Stone and J. Susan Cole-Stone

Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

The Curious Gardenby Peter Brown by Peter Brown

City Signs by Zoran Milich

Where Do I Live? by Neil Chesanow

Living in Rural Communities by Kristin Sterling

Communities by Gail Sanders Smith

Living in Suburban Communities by Kristin Sterling

Where Things are from Near To Far by Tim Halbur

The Busiest Street in Town by Mara Rockliff

The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

City Block by Christopher Franceschelli

How Cities Work by Lonely Planet Kids


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