Build the Eiffel Tower

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. We were inspired by the book to build the Eiffel Tower. Affiliate links are included in this post. Clicking on the book titles or covers will take you to Amazon.

Challenge your kids to build the Eiffel Tower.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline is a book I remember enjoying as a child. I also remember watching the cartoon. The story of the adventurous little red head has been around for more than 75 years. Madeline was the smallest and bravest of all of the girls. As you read the rhyming text, enjoy the beautiful art and scenes from Paris.

Challenge: Build the Eiffel Tower

The Madeline book is full of scenes from Paris. The last page of the book lists all of the buildings the author included. The most iconic building is the Eiffel Tower. I challenged Aiden to build an Eiffel Tower of his own. First he wanted to use blocks. We looked at pictures of the Eiffel Tower to get a better understanding of how it was built. We chose to build a base using some arches.

Build the Eiffel Tower

Then, we continued adding blocks until Aiden was satisfied.

Build the Eiffel Tower

He wanted to use LEGO next, so we started with some stair steps for the four legs of the tower.

Build the Eiffel Tower

We continued adding layers as Aiden instructed.

Build the Eiffel Tower

He was pleased with the way his LEGO Eiffel Tower came out.

Building the Eiffel Tower is a fun engineering challenge for kids.

What materials would you use to build the Eiffel Tower? Try these suggestions:

  • blocks
  • LEGO
  • craft sticks
  • toothpicks
  • pipe cleaners
  • food (candy, wafer cookies, etc.)

More Ideas from the Virtual Book Club for Kids


See more activities inspired by Madeline:

Madeline Snack from Still Playing School
Exploring Art & Color from Mama Miss
Made”line” Sensory Tray Writing from Growing Book by Book
Madeline Movement Game from Mom Inspired Life
Toddler Shape Activity from The Pleasantest Thing
Skip counting 2’s with Madeline from Rainy Day Mum
Flowers for Madeline from The Educators’ Spin On It
Name in Bed & Name Writing Activity from Preschool Powol Packets
Doubles Activity for Preschoolers from Toddler Approved
Madeline Small World & Sensory Bin from Study at Home Mama
Learning about Body Parts with Madeline from I Can Teach My Child
Color Pattern Craft Sticks from 3 Dinosaurs

Also stop by the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page to see what others are sharing!

In January, we’ll be featuring The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. See our entire Virtual Book Club for Kids book list here.

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