This is a fun project to help your kids in their quest to learn their math facts.
Simply draw your house, add a door and 12 windows. I took this time to show my older girls how to build a symmetrical house using their rulers. They found the middle of their paper (4.5") by measuring the top of the paper with a ruler and placed a dot at the very top. They then measured 3 inches down from the top and placed a dot on both sides of the paper. They then got to connect the dots on the sides of the paper with the dot on the top of the paper. The roof was done. The rest of the house was pretty simple for them to sketch. I helped by using an exacto knife to open up the windows and door. They wrote the numbers 1-12 on the windows and then placed glue on the back of their house paper and placed it on a plain sheet of construction paper. They outlined the entire thing in black sharpie. and created a name for the house. This house is called, "The House of Four's" and each window opens to show the product of the outside number X 4. It is a splendid project and is very useful for my girls to keep in their binders and share to find the answers for future multiplication problems while they are still working on memorizing them.
I just knew that my 4-year-old would feel left out if she did not also have a house. I was right--and prepared. When she requested a house, I was able to show her what I had drawn for her.
Each window shows a different number, while the inside shows the amount in a picture.
I left the inside of the door empty for Reese to draw a picture of herself. She then took some crayons and colored in her pictures, strengthening fine motor skills and number recognition all the while.
My other daughter made a House of Six's and accidentally made two many windows. She thought it was a huge problem, but I showed her that it was a great opportunity. She then went on to draw pictures of our family members on the other side of the doors. Pretty cute.
We don't need to stop here! What about geometry houses? You could place a shape on the outside of the window, and the inside could show the number of points and vertexes.
You could make upper and lower case houses.
The possibilities are endless!
There is a book out there with reproducible houses designed for the classroom teacher. I am partial to the kids making their own, though. It takes decision making, math skills, and strategy to make their own houses with enough windows equally spaced!