BELL Family
Construction for Kids

Mar 31, 2020

We pride ourselves on being a family-owned, family-focused construction company in Nashville, TN. During these times of uncertainty in our world, one thing we can be certain of is that family comes first.

With current schools and daycare closures, you may be struggling to find ways to keep your children engaged, entertained, and educated. We’ve collected a variety of inexpensive or free construction-related activities children can do at home. For inspiration, we have included pictures of some of our employees testing them out with their kids.

We'd love to see pictures of your own family trying these fun activities (or other favorites!) on our Facebook page! Most importantly, remember to have fun!


Bridges

JDaniel4’s Mom lays out plans for building a bridge with everyday items you can probably find around your house.

Stay at Home Educator gives ideas for building four bridges and testing the weight capacity of each one.

Homeschool Creations has a fun bridge-building competition perfect if you have multiple older kids. It would also be fun to try competing against another family while video chatting!


Forts

Mommy Evolution shares her ultimate secret for building easy blanket forts that will stay up!    

Rust and Sunshine posted a really neat cardboard playhouse template so you can put to good use all of those Amazon Prime boxes taking up space in your garage.


Toys

Land of Littles encourages you to move a familiar toy to a new location to give it new life, like building 3D structures out of Magna Tiles on a magnetic garage door.

Kelly Frizzell - Balp Construction

Kelly Frizzell, Estimator Support with BELL, and her kids took their Magna Tiles outside to build one of Nashville's (and BELL's) most iconic buildings!

There are a ton of fun LEGO ideas on That Brick Life, but this 30-day LEGO challenge can help bring structure and excitement to a normal plaything.

         Tyler Powell - BELL Project Manager

BELL Sr. Project Manager & Partner Tyler Powell and his son have been participating in the 30-Day LEGO Challenge. Day 5’s goal: Build the “World’s Tallest Tower” – or at least as tall as they could get it with the LEGOs they had!


Art

Planes and Balloons has some cool construction-themed printable color-by-number sheets for budding young artists.

Here are some cute construction-themed coloring sheets with traceable words to help with handwriting practice from Teaching with Children’s Books.

Teach kids about drawing 3D figures with this cool tutorial from Art Projects for Kids and let their imaginations go wild!


Combination

Have your kids draw up some “blueprints” and then use blocks to build their structure.

Sarah Camperlino - BELL Marketing Manager

BELL’s Marketing Manager, Sarah Camperlino, and her daughter took their supplies outside to enjoy the nice weather. Lainey got to draw up her “blueprints” and make a tower out of blocks. Her construction skills aren’t great yet, but she’s really good at demolition!

Reverse it: Create interesting buildings out of blocks. Then follow this Hands on as We Grow tutorial to trace the buildings’ shadows onto the paper.

Pocket of Preschool combines a ton of activities into one package that you can download for free! 


Food

If all of these activities made you work up an appetite, Little Bins for Little Hands has some delicious structure building activities you can do with food! YUM!

Who says gingerbread houses are just for Christmas time? Grab an inexpensive kit from Amazon and let them build (and taste) their creations!

Eric Pyle - BELL Project Executive

BELL Project Executive & Partner Eric Pyle and his girls drew a 3D chalk house, reviewed the "house plans," then made it come to life! How SWEET! 


Parking Garage

Have a ton of toy cars laying around? Give them a home with this nifty parking garage tutorial from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls. 


Nathan Anderson - Staff Accountant

Our newest BELL Family member, son of Staff Accountant Nathan Anderson, may be too little to participate in these activities right now... but he is just too cute to leave out!