Located across almost all American shorelines, lighthouses have been symbols of safety and security for ships and boats at sea for more than 200 years. Students can learn about the beacons by building their own mini lighthouses.


  • White plastic tape
  • 18-ounce red plastic cup with a circular bottom
  • 9-ounce clear plastic cup
  • Black card stock
  • Tacky glue
  • Battery-operated tea light


  • Explore the most popular lighthouses in the world, such as Cape Hatteras (North Carolina), Portland Head (Maine) and Eldred Rock (Alaska).
  • Tape three white stripes around the red cup.
  • Trace the bottom of the clear plastic cup onto the black card stock.
  • Cut out the traced circle, along with two small rectangles for the windows and a larger rectangle for the door.
  • Trim the top inch or so from the clear cup so that it sits on the red cup with about half inch of overlap.
  • Use tacky glue to adhere the black circle to the bottom of the clear cup.
  • Glue the windows and door to the red cup, set the tea light on the top and place the plastic cup over the light.

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