Build a Base

Put on your hard hat, and get ready to
design and build your own Army base.

Cartoon drawing of a gray mule with a yellow hard hat on his head and a large letter A painted in yellow on his hind quarter.
The United States Army carries out missions from bases around the
world. A base has buildings that help the Army to do its job, and they
often house Soldiers and their families. Bases are mini cities. They have buildings for working, living, shopping, and learning.

Develop planning and problem solving skills by constructing an Army base. Download the worksheet, and use the templates to help the Army carry out its mission.

Photo of a miniature army base with small buildings lined alongside a road with plastic cars. In the background is a cartoon scene of trees, grass, and mountains with a helicopter flying above trailing a banner that says “build a base.”

Time: 45-60 minutes
Level: Ages 5+ with adult guidance
Topic: Planning, Construction
Format: Downloadable PDF

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Egg Cartons
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • String
  • Tape
  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Any other construction materials you can find around your home!
Thumbnail image of worksheet in PDF form for download.


Show off your construction Skills

Once you’ve built your base, share it with us by posting a photo on an adult’s social media account. Tag the Museum at @natlarmymuseum on Instagram or Facebook.

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