Make a Tikiville Teepee

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In this great hands-on activity, learners use patterns to make a teepee from newspaper that they sit inside. The activity is part of Cyberchase's Builders' Math, and was developed to capture kids' interest in math using the appeal of the popular PBS series.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • at least 100 sheets of newspaper
  • tape
  • 2-3 rubber bands
  • 200 thin, white paper plates
  • stapler
  • colored markers


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns
    • Geometry

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Cyberchase


  • All rights reserved, Educational Broadcasting Corporation, 2007

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • PBS
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • The Volckhausen Family