Cardboard Sculptures

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Learners explore the endless possibilities of cardboard engineering in this open-ended STEAM activity. Practice being creative by building structures with no glue, only cardboard and scissors. This activity incudes step-by-step instructions, building prompts, suggested cardboard building techniques like notches, and adaptions for younger learners. Using recycled materials will avoid consumable materials costs.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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