STREAM Activity: City Skylines

Construct your dream city skyline!

Activity best for children age 2 and up

Every city is special. Architects design all kinds of buildings and structures for different things that make up a city. They construct museums, offices, hospitals, apartments, churches, landmarks and many, many more buildings. When we look at a city from a distance, we can see a skyline. Some buildings are far apart and some are close depending on your perspective. What kind of buildings are in your city? What are the tallest buildings? The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum of Escondido is part of a bigger city called San Diego. Architects designed all the buildings in San Diego and the skyline looks a little bit this one. What will your city’s skyline look like?

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Materials you’ll need:





Guiding Questions:

What observations can you make about the buildings in your city? How does perspective play a role in what you see? Are there any patterns?


Step 1

First, plan your skyline. What buildings are taller or shorter? How far away are they? Think about your city or use your imagination to create your own. Sketch the buildings on paper and cut them out.

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Step 2

Next, design your buildings. Use paint, crayons, markers or whatever you want for each unique building. You can add bridges, trees, fountains or anything else you can think of!

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Step 3

Finally, construct your city thinking about the placement of your buildings. Glue down the ones that are at a further distance and leave the closer ones on top. Share your city with us on our social media accounts!

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Reading Connections: 

City by Ingela Arrhenius

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Real-World Connections:

Architecture is all around us, not just in big cities. See if you can spot patterns of architectural design and construction in your neighborhood or school!

Math Connections:

What shapes do you see? Do some buildings have interesting shapes? How do you think architects designed those?