MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion

Students use a stuffed paper lunch bag as an armature, paint and construction paper to make a model of their home and then show how it fits into their community.

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MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion


  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Paintbrush Set - 5 Count
  • Crayola Washable Project Paint
  • Small Paper Lunch Bag - 1 per student
  • Recycled Plastic Bags or Newspapers
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Bristol Board 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm (12" x 12") - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Choose a piece of construction paper in a colour similar to your house.
  2. Cut the construction paper the size of the front of your paper bag.
  3. Glue the construction paper onto the front of your paper bag.
  4. This will be the front of your house.
Step 2
  1. Choose colours of construction paper that match your house.
  2. Cut out windows and other details.
  3. Try to make the size, shape and location of your details match those in your own house.
  4. Cut out large shapes for the main objects.
  5. Cut out narrow strips of construction paper to frame the large shapes.
  6. Glue everything in place making sure the paper sticks firmly to the paper.
Step 3
  1. Add other details, such as bricks and numbers with paint.
Step 4
  1. Stuff the paper bag with recycled plastic bags or newspapers.
  2. Make sure you fill it with enough stuffing to support your house so it will stand without falling over.
  3. Glue the top of the bag shut.
  4. Fold a piece of construction paper in half to make a roof.
  5. Glue it in place.
Step 5
  1. Glue your house to a Bristol board base.
  2. Add other details such as a fence, plants and shrubs.
  3. View your model with fresh eyes.
    - Does it look like your own house?
    - How do the details make the model look realistic?
    - What is your favourite part of the model? Why?

  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Social Studies,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Kindergarten,

    • Grade 1,

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 3

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