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3 Construction-Themed Activities

What kid doesn’t like hammering, stacking, and knocking things down?  These 3 construction activities were super easy to set up and the kids really dug them.  Pun intended.  Hard Hats Optional.  

1.  Golf Tee Hammering

I call this a hammering hack.  All you’ll need is a cardboard box, golf tees and play tools.  I got the holes started, and then they took over. They were super engaged and worked their fine motor skills by hammering in the golf tees, taking them out and then doing it all over again… and again.  

2.  Construction Zone Diorama  

I admit, I had a little too much fun doing this.   All you’ll need is a large construction box you can cut up and decorate. Fill the box with beans, sand or whatever you have laying around and then of course (what every boy loves) trucks! This was definitely one of their favorites. They loved loading up the truck and then transferring the goods, driving it through the cardboard box. Although I did take the time to paint and put little jewelry boxes as houses, I think they would have loved this if it was just a cardboard box filled with beans. They really let their imaginary play take over and could have done this all day long.

3.  Cardboard & Cup Building

Finally, we made a cardboard and cup building. All you’ll need are leftover cardboard scraps, paper cups. This took zero time to set up and the boys got it right away stacking those cups as high as they could. Now, after 1 round we did lose Fallon to the Frozen car since he doesn’t get to drive it every day. Ford kept going wanting to re-stack them and knock them down. As I was watching him do this I could see his wheels turning and I can’t help but think he’s learning something and having a great time doing it.



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (8, 6, 4). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.