Hands On House

Roll up your sleeves and help construct a beautiful new house, both inside and out.

Underwritten by Prairie Material


  • Use wheels and pulleys to move materials
  • Crank soft-sculpture rocks on a conveyor and drop them down a chute
  • Choose stucco, wood, or brick panels to finish the exterior of the house
  • Pretend to paint the house
  • Shingle the roof
  • Install wallpaper and carpet inside the house
  • Pick up soft rocks using a digger
Good to Know: 

Exhibit Type


Focused Field Trips Aligned with this Exhibit

Blow the House Down

Sensational Senses

Simple Machines

This exhibit is aligned with Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.

Educational Benefits

  • Identify properties of objects: quantity, size, shape, weight, color, pattern, position, length, and width
  • Operate simple machines
  • Recognize, investigate, and solve a design problem
  • Engage in cooperative play and problem solving

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Use the following activities to bring the education concepts from this exhibit into your home or classroom:


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