The Eiffel tower has to be one of the most well known structures in the world. Make your own paper Eiffel tower with only tape, newspaper and a pencil. Find out how tall the Eiffel tower is and build your own Eiffel tower at home or in the classroom from simple supplies. We love fun and easy building ideas for kids!

Build A Newspaper Tower For STEM

Designing, planning, building, testing and more! Engineering for kids doesn’t have to be complicated or hard! This simple kid friendly building project is below is a fun STEM building activity you can do at home or with small groups in the classroom.

Also check out more STEM pencil projects and easy STEM activities with paper!

What Is STEM For Kids?

So you might ask, what does STEM actually stand for? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. The most important thing you can take away from this, is that STEM is for everyone!

Yes, kids of all ages can work on STEM projects and enjoy STEM lessons. STEM activities are great for group work, too! You can read more about the valuable life lessons that STEM can provide kids here.

STEM is everywhere! Just look around.  The simple fact that STEM surrounds us is why it’s so important for kids to be a part of, to use, and to understand STEM.

From the buildings you see in town, the bridges that connect places, the computers we use, the software programs that go with them, and to the air we breathe, STEM is what makes it all possible.

Interested in STEM plus ART? Check out all our STEAM Activities!

Engineering is an important part of STEM. What is engineering in kindergarten and elementary?  Well, it’s putting together simple structures and other items and learning about the science behind them in the process. Essentially, it’s a whole lot of doing! 

Helpful STEM Resources To Get You Started

Here are a few resources to help you introduce STEM more effectively to your kiddos or students and feel confident when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.

Fun Facts About The Eiffel Tower

  • The Eiffel tower is located in Paris, France, and is one of the most well known structures in the world.
  • It was originally built as the entrance arch for the World’s Fair in 1889.
  • It is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was in charge of the project.
  • The Eiffel tower is 1,063 feet or 324 metres tall to its tip, and is about the same height as an 81-storey building.
  • It took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to build the Eiffel tower, which was a big achievement at that time.

How To Make A Newspaper Tower

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  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Marker


STEP 1: Roll the newsprint into a tube, using a marker.

STEP 2: Repeat until you have 7 tubes. Making sure to tape each one.

STEP 3: Shape one tube into the shape of a square. Tape the ends.

STEP 4: Tape another four tubes to each corner of your square so you tower can stand.

STEP 5: Now make a smaller square and four arches with your remaining tubes.

STEP 6: Tape the smaller square slightly above your first, attaching to each of your tower legs.

STEP 7: Gather together the top of your tower and tape.

STEP 8: Tape the arches between the bottom of the tower legs.

STEP 9: Make one more tiny square and add at the top of your tower. Then tape a pencil ‘antenna’ to the top of your tower as the final touch

More Fun Things To Build

Check out more fun building activities for kids, and tons of easy engineering projects! Here are a few of our favorites…

Use gumdrops and toothpicks for a fun building activity.

Make these fun 3D paper sculptures.

Take the spaghetti marshmallow tower challenge.

Make a paper marble roller coaster.

Make a 100 cup tower.

Build a balloon rocket.

Printable Engineering Projects Pack

Get started with STEM and engineering projects today with this fantastic resource that includes all the information you need to complete more than 50 activities that encourage STEM skills!