Sunday, 31 March 2013

This Day in History - The Eiffel Tower Opens

On the 31st March 1889 The Eiffel Tower opened

The Eiffel Tower is in Paris. The capitol city of France

We painted the flag :) 

The tower is 320 meters high. To help the children understand how big this is we compared it to the size of a average two storey house which is roughly about 6m high meaning the tower is as high as 53 houses stacked on top of each other.

There are 1710 steps to get to the top of the tower.

The tower was named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel whose company designed and built the tower.

Gustave Eiffel 

We attempted to build the tower out of Wafer biscuits and icing sugar. It was a little tricky it took a couple of attempts. We had a giggle trying to balance the biscuits without them falling down.

 Once you have assembled the bottom part leave it a few moments for the icing sugar to set and it will stay in place better and you will find the second layer a little easier. Also it prevents the first layer from falling if the second layer collapses. We learnt this the hard way :/

Macey had a go making the first layer of the tower and Drew made a tower of his own.

We then looked at the pattern of the panels and assembled matchsticks in a similar way.

After we finished the activity the kids decided they wanted to draw some towers

Princess sunflower tower 

Wizards Magical Tower 

They then decided to get the lego out and build some towers of their own.


  1. wow, really impressed with their Initiative to design the towers :) great work