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Abe Lincoln's Log Cabin Craft

Students flex their creativity while building Lincoln’s log cabin from toilet-paper tubes.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Celebrate President Lincoln’s birthday by making a three-dimensional likeness of his log cabin home.

What You Need:

  • Toilet-paper tubes, at least 4 per student
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • 9- by 12-inch brown and black construction paper, one sheet of each color per student
  • Black or brown markers
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrushes

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What You Do:

  1. Have your students cut each toilet paper tube in half, lengthwise.
  2. Students then glue each tube half to the brown construction paper with the rounded sides up. They should stack the tube halves next to each other on the paper to look like logs. Your students can stack two sets of logs next to each other for a wide cabin or build a tall, narrow cabin.
  3. Help the students use the black construction paper to cut out a triangle for a roof, a square or rectangle for a door, and one or more squares for windows.
  4. Have your students glue the roof on top of the cabin. Have them glue the door and windows where they’d like.
  5. Using black markers, the students can add frames in the windows and a small circle to the door for a doorknob.
  6. If they choose, your students can add a chimney by gluing on one more tube half to the roof of their cabins.
  7. Have students paint all of the tubes brown. Set the cabins aside to dry.

Optional: Have students write a fact about President Lincoln on the empty space of their brown construction paper. Older students can write a fact on each log of their cabins.

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  • Subjects:
    Civil War Period and Reconstruction, Historic Figures, Presidents' Day, Political Figures and World Leaders
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