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With the next few weeks looking like our little ones might be around the house a bit more often than normal, we need to start thinking of some low budget easy fun creative ideas. It is important that we keep our kids engaged in fun thoughtful activities that keep their little growing minds agile.

This project will cost you next to nothing, and will provide your kids with some imaginative creative play.
Kids love all things miniature and tiny, so how about creating a mini village. Work with box card to build your own little town, or go crazy and turn it into a farm, a city, a seaside village, an airport, a factory, or an imaginary world.

All you will need…

  • Box card – cut to a variety of shapes – squares/rectangles/triangles/ovals/arches
  • Glue – a glue stick or PVA
  • Scissors
  • Pens – any type of pens – markers/felt tips/poscas

Optional extras…

  • Some blue-tac
  • A square cardboard base (about 30 x 30 cm)
  • Some extra coloured bits of card

Step 1 – Create some basic house shapes – glue on roof tops – a triangle shape on top of a square shape. Be generous with the glue so it will stick well.

Step 2 – Doors/windows/trimmings/chimneys – cut shapes into smaller shapes if necessary, and glue on all the little extras to make your houses look cosy and creative.

Step 3 – Pens – decorate your houses with outlining and details – perhaps mark in wood panels, roof tiling, gardens.

Step 4 – Make some trees for your village – cut out a skinny rectangle trunk, and a circle or oval for your treetops. Glue together, and then colour in the leaves.

Step 5 – Think about ways you can make your houses and trees stand up – little tabs on the back of your houses is one way, or using blue-tac is another great way. Arrange your village and secure your shapes down onto your base with a little blue-tac, or some glue, or keep it so things can move around.

Step 6 – Think about what little extra things can go in your village – some roads, gardens, ponds, pools, skate ramps etc.

Children will love this little interactive world – they can bring in their own little figurines and miniature toys to be apart of their creation. Let’s ignite those imaginations with some arty fun.

Happy Creating!

Tracy McDowall

Tracy McDowall  

Tracy has been running her business RAW Art for the past 24 years. RAW Art runs fun educational hands-on workshops with kids and adults in schools, kindy's, and at their creative art studio in vibrant West End. Tracy believes art is important in every child's life, helping kids to grow into creative innovative thinkers // www.rawart.com.au