Kids Architecture

We live in all sorts of dif­fer­ent build­ings.  Some of us live in houses, oth­ers live in an apart­ment and some kids even live on wheels!  Today, let’s pre­tend we’re archi­tects and draw our own houses with ele­va­tions and floor plans.

An ele­va­tion is a draw­ing of one side of your house, like this:

Front, rear and cutaway elevations of Campbell House

Front, rear and cut­away ele­va­tions of Camp­bell House.

Floor plans are a map of the rooms of your house, like this:

Floor plans of the first (top) and second (bottom) floors of Campbell House.

Floor plans of the first (top) and sec­ond (bot­tom) floors of Camp­bell House.

To get you started, click here to down­load and print a blank floor plan, then click here to down­load and print a blank ele­va­tion plan.

First, draw the floor plan of your house, using the blank plans you just printed and col­ored pen­cils, mark­ers or crayons. Be sure to label each room: kitchen, liv­ing room, bath­room, your bed­room, and any other rooms you have. If you have a sec­ond (or third!) floor in your house, draw a sep­a­rate floor plan for each floor. Not all rooms are per­fectly square or rec­tan­gu­lar, so draw the rooms true to their shape. It may help if you sit in the mid­dle of each room and can see how all the walls come together. Make sure you include door­ways and windows!

When you fin­ish your floor plan, use the print­out of the ele­va­tion plan to draw an ele­va­tion of the front of your house, com­plete with doors, win­dows, steps and any dec­o­ra­tions that may be on the front of it. Is there a garage attached to your house? Is your house made of brick or wood or stucco? Include as many details as you can that make your house special.

After you’re done with your ele­va­tion and floor plans, have show and tell with your friends to explain the rooms of your house and what you like best about each one. When talk­ing about the ele­va­tion, be sure to tell your class­mates what makes your house unique and dif­fer­ent from all the other houses or build­ings on your street.

This pro­gram has been cre­ated with a grant from the Whitaker Foun­da­tion.