This was super fun lesson I found on the School Arts Magazine website, and the lesson is credited to: Explorations in Art, Davis Publications, Grade 2. I used it with grades 4, 5, 6 and the kids enjoyed it a lot.
Each child needs 12 rectangles, 2"x4". (Note, a 12"x18" piece of construction paper will yield exactly 27 of these rectangles. So the cutting doesn't take as long as it seems.)
We decided to decorate our rectangles with black marker before building the cubes, but they can be built plain too. (So, if you decide to decorate, do that before folding:)
Step 1: Fold each rectangle, lengthwise, into a 90 degree angle.
Step 2: *Glue 4 rectangles to form the bottom, then glue 4 rectangles to form the lid.
Step 3: Glue 4 pillars to inside corners of the bottom.
Step 4: Add glue to inside of lid.
Step 5: Place lid on outside tops of pillars.
*Tip- tell students to hold pieces together with their fingers for the count of "5" each time they glue a piece to another piece.
Thanks to San Benito Elementary students!