These free printable 3D buildings are great for pretend play and can be used over and over again. This activity allows kids to be creative with art supplies, practice their fine motor skills and then finally they are able to play with the new toys they helped make themselves.
When I was a kid I used to absolutely love making houses and cities out of cardboard boxes. I would use all of my moms scotch tape and spend hours constructing homes and buildings from old boxes.
And so it’s no surprise that my kids enjoy doing the same thing. When my son requested we make a cardboard city together I thought I would take it one step further and design some buildings that we could print and color in.
I had a blast making them. So much in fact that I also created a 3D haunted house and a 3D gingerbread house as well!
This set of free printable 3D buildings includes a house, a grocery store and a school. If you would like even more buildings (such as a hospital, another version of a house, a post office, a firehouse and roads) you can check out the full version here.
Materials needed to put together the 3D city buildings:
- Free printable coloring pages (the download link is located at the bottom of this post
- White printer paper or cardstock
- Crayons, colored pencils or markers
- Glue or tape
The first thing you will need to do is print out the coloring pages onto white printer paper or cardstock. Now, my kids are definitely not gently and so if yours are as well I would definitely recommend printing out the buildings onto cardstock to ensure they are a bit more durable.
Standard printer paper works just fine but they may get crushed a bit easier if say a dinosaur comes to the city and stomps on the houses. This is of course just an example, not something that actually happened to our little paper town this morning!
Once the buildings have been printed out your kids can color them in using materials like makers, crayons and colored pencils. This would also make a great classroom activity where all students could color in their own house for the classroom town.
After the buildings have been colored in, cut them out along the dotted lines. If your kids are able to, they can practice their scissor skills by cutting the buildings out themselves. If they are younger, you may want to assist them.
Now that the buildings are cut out, begin folding along all of the bold black lines. Finally, add a line of glue on each tab that says “glue.” If you’d like you can swap the glue out for some clear scotch tape.
If you don’t feel like coloring the building in and want to get right to playing with them, you can also print everything out right on colored cardstock or construction paper. Or, simply leave them in black and white!
I love how this activity allows kids to be creative with art supplies, practice their scissors skills and other fine motor skills and then finally they are able to play with the new toys they helped make themselves.
These buildings are great for pretend play and can be used over and over again. (Or until a huge dinosaur or super villain comes to town and crushes everything!)
Free Printable 3D Buildings Coloring Pages
This set of free printable 3D buildings includes:
- a house
- a grocery store
- a school
If you would like even more buildings (such as a hospital, another version of a house, a post office, a firehouse and roads) you can check out the full version here.
The 3D buildings are designed to be printed onto 3 8.5×11 inch pieces of printer paper or cardstock. One building will print per page.
Please feel free to download and print as many copies of the 3D buildings as you would like. However, please do not edit or redistribute the files in any way. These coloring pages were created for personal or classroom use only.
Enjoy this post? You might also like to check out some of our other fun free printable building coloring pages below:
Free printable 3D Haunted house coloring page:
This free printable 3D haunted house coloring page is a great activity for kids of all ages. It incorporates creativity, fine motor skills and a nice dose of Halloween fun.
Want more buildings? Check out the full version with 9 coloring pages which include:
- House version 1
- House version 2
- Grocery Store
- Post Office
- 2 Roads