Hello 3D paper cities!

3d paper sculptureWe love open-ended process-oriented art projects here at The Messy Artist, and this 3D paper sculpture project gets high marks on both counts. We often read a Dr Seuss book before we start to get the kids imaginations inspired and fired up. Oh The places You’ll Go has lots of interesting scenes, as do many other Seuss books.

Age Level: 3- 5 and up


  • Building 3D paper sculptures
  • Encouraging children to build up and not flat
  • Working on folding, cutting and gluing skills
  • Encouraging experimentation in buildingfun process art


  • 12” x 18” sheet of black construction paper, one per child
  • strips of many colors of construction paper in varying lengths and thicknesses
  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • labels

Teacher Preparation:

  • Cut construction paper into strips, ¼’ – 1” thick, at least 6 inches long
  • Write children’s names on stickers (to be put on projects)
  • Prepare sample project


If you wish, read aloud to the children the book Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss.

Show the children the sample project. Explain to them that they will be building their own fantastic creation out of paper today.

open ended art projectDemonstrate some of the trickier elements, such as folding the paper to make stairs, and how to glue a strip so it makes a loop.art project 3-5 year old paper cities

Let the children get started, and walk around to help if any is needed. Encourage them to create as crazy a structure as they wish. This project can take up as much time as the children have interest in it.

art studio east hanoverWe ask the children to describe what they are making and hear some fantastic responses. We’ve heard circus, playground, beach, airport – we love their imagination and creativity!kids art class camp and party north nj morris county nh art classes for children


Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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