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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most fascinating structures in Italy. It took hundreds of year to construct. Find out why it tilts.
Students research the history of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Why does it lean? How long did it take to construct? Discuss their theories as to how this structure has remained standing for over 800 years.
Always work on a clean dry surface. A piece of cardboard or a white paper plate works well for a base. Have students roll out a handful of Crayola Air-Dry Clay to form a cylinder about 1 ½" thick. This will become their Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The tower has 7 sections. Divide the tower in sections by scoring the cylinder with a plastic knife or craft stick. Each floor of the tower has archways all around. Use your thumb or end of a plastic spoon to make indentations to create the arch ways. Make columns on the sides of the archways by rolling small pieces of clay. Press to attach.
On top of the tower make a small cylinder to form the top of the building. This is where they usually fly the Italian flag.
Place the tower on your cardboard base at the correct angle. Press down to make it stay. If the tower becomes loose after drying, use Crayola No Run School Glue to hold it in place.
Surround the tower with background scenery. Make clouds, a sun, people, grass or trees. You might want to research the buildings that surround the tower and recreate them.
To add dimension to the tower by painting the entire scene with Crayola Tempera Mixing Mediums. This medium will add a stone-like appearance to the clay.
The construction will take several days to dry. Air dry clay dries rock hard. There is no need to fire or bake in a kiln.
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