This is a simple project that makes a great toy silo you can play with afterwards. The painting part of the silo is a bit messy, so wear old clothes and work on a lot of newspaper. This project requires adult help and supervision (adults should cut the cardstock and supervise the painting).
- An oatmeal box (or another cylindrical box)
- A sheet of cardstock (or thin cardboard) for the roof
- Pencil or marker
- A compass or a plate or bowl (to help you draw a circle)
- Scissors (to cut the cardstock)
- Glue stick (or tape)
- Tempera or acrylic paint (red and white)
- Scrap newspaper (to protect the table)
Measure the diameter of the oatmeal box. This is to determine how big a circle to cut for your silo’s roof.
On the cardstock (or thin cardboard), draw a circle that is about 3 inches greater in diameter than the diameter of the oatmeal box. To draw a circle, either use a compass or find a plate or bowl that is about the right size and trace around it. Then cut out the circle.
Cut one slit in the circle, cutting all the way to the center of the circle.
Overlap the edges of the slit you just cut (let them overlap about an inch or so). Glue them together, forming a wide, short cone that will be your silo’s roof.
Paint the silo red.
When the red paint is dry, paint the outline of doors on the silo in white (or another contrasting color).
Place the roof on the silo. You now have a farm silo with a removable roof!