Watercolor Houses STEAM Activity for Kids

I’ve always been in awe of my college roommate Kara. She’s an architect. Totally smart. With an amazing sense of style. As I watched her grow in her career, I realized that architecture is the perfect Left Brain Craft Brain kind of career. It integrates all sides of the brain. It’s the intersection of engineering and design. And it’s one of the fields that impacts our daily life (just think about all those things you wish were different in your house!). So the other day, my girl and I got talking about architecture and we got designing and building a Watercolor Paper House so we could be architects, work our brains and do a little STEAM.

These watercolor paper houses are a perfect STEAM project because they combine engineering and art in design.

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Watercolor Houses Supplies Needed

These houses become beautiful pieces of art after you build and add color.


Watercolor houses supplies

Build Your Watercolor Paper House

  1. First print out your template on printer paper. Cut around the solid black lines. To cut out the windows, grab an adult and a box cutter.

Cut Out Template 800x640

  1. Then trace around your templates onto the watercolor paper and cut out along the solid lines. Repeat with the box cutter.
  2. Fold your house along where the dotted lines would be (you can mark them with a pencil if it helps). Also fold roof in half along dotted line.

fold house

  1.  Now, add double sided tape on each of the flaps and tape together. Add the roof and tape to the base.

Finished paper house

Time to Watercolor Your Paper House

Now it’s time to add the flavor to your house! Grab some liquid watercolors and a bunch of pipettes or brushes. Then try different techniques like dripping, splattering and brushing. Squirt guns would be fun too!! This is all about the process and exploring how the colors of the house come out. Or they can play house painter and be more exact. Let your child be the guide.

painting house

watercolor house with test tubes

Encourage Young Architects

Do you have a kiddo that loves to build? There are great ways to extend this project. First, challenge them to modify the template to build a house totally unique to them. Then encourage them to use different materials to add the style to the house. It makes a great surface for a mixed media collage or zentangle.

Then invite them to read along with Iggy Peck, Architect, one of our favorite reads. Iggy loves to build with pretty much anything! Get inspired with this list of 100 Invitations to Build.

100 Invitations to Build Iggy Peck Architect Left Brain Craft Brain FB link

Then encourage them to explore different styles of archicture. Babble Dabble Do has some more printable house templates inspired by Le Corbusier. We love a little mid-century design in a kid-friendly project.


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These watercolor paper houses are a perfect STEAM project because they combine engineering and art in design.

These watercolor paper houses are a perfect STEAM project because they combine engineering and art in design.

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