contents Number City crafts

Make houses and number people for your Number City!


  • Colored construction paper
  • Shoebox
  • Scissors
  • Glue

  • Place the bottom of a shoe box right side up in the lid to create a display.
  • Cut out and cover the inside of the box with sky blue construction paper for the sky.
  • Cut out and cover the bottom of the lid with green construction paper for grass.
  • Draw and cut out the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 in different colors.
  • Glue the numbers to the back of the box, but save a few for the front of the display.
  • Add clouds and a sun to the sky part.
  • Draw, cut and glue together construction paper houses with doors and windows.
  • Glue the houses to the lid so that they look 3-D.
  • Glue the remaining numbers so that they are free standing. Draw arms and legs and faces on them to look like number people.

  • Can you find a way to help your numbers stand up without gluing or taping them, so that you can move them around? You might try making a base from:
    1. soft clay
    2. large coins or other small, heavy objects
    3. a slit rectangle slid onto the bottom of a slit number:

  • Don't fasten your houses to the lid, so that you can rearrange your number city.
  • See Little Village of Shapes for another math craft of paper buildings.
This math craft was created in January 2004 by Fausta S., grade 5,
Philip G. Vroom Elementary School, Ms. Geis's class, Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.

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