Paper Building Blocks

Category: Engineering, 6YR+, 7YR+, 8YR+, Architecture, Building, Structures

Source: Babble Dabble Do

GOAL: Demonstrate engineering for kids using paper as a structural material!


  • Thick colored paper
  • Paper cutter (optional) OR Exacto Knife
  • Tape


  1. Select your first piece of paper and score your it vertically at the 1-inch and 2-inch marks and trim your paper completely at the 3-inch mark. (Repeat with each colored paper)

  2. Trim the lengths of scored paper crosswise into 1-inch strips.

  3. Cut some paper “planks,” 1-inch strips of paper that are not scored. [3 to 6 inches long]

  4. Fold your 1-inch strips into thirds along the scored lines.

  5. Tape the open edges together to form a triangle.

  6. Repeat folding and cutting until you have a bunch of blocks assembled.




Go through concepts of building, architecture, and engineering through these self-made building blocks and teaching how best to build balanced structures.