Fiji Thatched-Roof House


Discover the people and culture of Fiji, a beautiful island in the South Pacific. Build a traditional home from this paradise using a recycled box and raffia.


1. Research the Fiji Islands. Find pictures of traditional Fiji thatched-roof houses. What materials are used to build these homes? What conditions influenced this choice of building materials?

2. Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint a small recycled box in natural colors using Crayola® Washable Multicultural Paint and Paint Brushes. Dry.

3. Add streaks of Crayola Washable Tempera to give the hut a grassy look. Dry.

4. Ask an adult to help cut an opening for a door using Crayola Scissors. Paint windows on the hut. Dry.

5. Ask an adult to help cut a cardboard roof. Spread Crayola School Glue on the roof. Shred pieces of raffia on top.

6. Glue the roof to the house. Dry.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Create a bulletin board about the Fiji Islands. Include information about and pictures of the climate, people, and vegetation. Show on a map where the islands are located. Display the thatched roof homes.
  • Find out about other unique historic and contemporary homes in various parts of the world. Create replicas using recycled boxes. Display in your school library or lobby.
  • As needed, an adult can assist younger and special needs students to cut out the door and roof.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Artista II® Washable Tempera Paint
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Washable Multicultural Paint
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • recycled boxes
  • paper towels
  • cardboard
  • container(s) of water
  • raffia



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research information about the Fiji Islands---their location, size, climate, history, and people.

  • Students recognize that housing is dependent upon weather and building materials found in an area.

  • Students build an authentic replica of a Fiji-style thatched-roof house.


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