• The Great House at Casa Grande Ruins stands out for miles

    Casa Grande Ruins

    National Monument Arizona

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For Kids

Welcome to the Casa Grande Ruins For Kids pages

The National Monument is an interesting place for more than stuffy old adults!

There are programs of interest to teens, and often work opportunities as well. Check out the Teen Pages.

There are special programs for scouts and other groups. Information about these begins on the Scouting Programs pages.

There is a Junior Ranger program for earning a free patch when you come to the park. Find the details on the Junior Ranger Pages.

And for everyone, including the stuffy old adults who may be a kid at heart, here are some fun activities you can do now:

 
ruins models to make yourself

Paper models of the Casa Grande let you compare the view today with what the Great House looked like when it was being used.

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Create your own Great House Model

Build a pair of paper models of the Casa Grande to see what the years have done to the Great House. Print the (PDF) pages, color the pictures, cut along the solid edge lines, and fold on the dashed lines to make your models.

 
ruins coloring page

Preview of coloring page

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Do you like coloring pages?

Color a picture of the Casa Grande Ruins (PDF). See which surrounding plants and animals you recognize. How many animals can you find in the picture? What is special about the tall cacti? What color would you pick for the sheltering roof that protects the remains of the Casa Grande?

 

What about word puzzles?

How well do you know the story of the Casa Grande Ruins? You can test your knowledge of the Sonoran Desert people using word searches (PDF). Or figure out who was who in Casa Grande history by solving a crossword puzzle (PDF).

Needs some help or want to check your answers? Crossword answers here and keep searching those squares for word searches.

Did You Know?

The 'Big House' at Casa Grande Ruins circa 1900.

An estimated six million pounds of caliche were used in the construction of the Casa Grande. Caliche is a naturally occurring soil consisting of clay, sand and calcium carbonate found in the deserts of the southwest.