i’m so glad people like jen are around to think up and execute such fun and creative crafts with their littles ones for me to copy! i would have never thought of something like this on my own. it looks like such fun to create together but also a genius idea of a homemade gift for one little friend to give to another. thanks for sharing, jen!
jen says, “Hey Everyone! I love doing quick and easy projects with my little ones, but sometimes I like to mix it up a bit and introduce a project that takes a few days to finish. I like the idea of teaching them that persistency and working towards a goal can be fun. This recycled village is a great project to break up over 2 or 3 days.
My daughter, Rowan, had a great time working towards finishing her little village and decorating all the people. The best part about this project is that it’s fun for them to make, but then when it’s finished, it provides endless hours of fun as well! It was definitely a project to work on side by side as there were many parts that she needed some help with.
Let’s get started!
- recycling (boxes, cartons, etc…)
- white spray paint
- wooden pegs (here, too!)
- pom poms
- X-acto knife
- yarn (here, too!)
- markers and/or paint
- odds and ends (sequins, buttons, colored paper)
1. Collect a bunch of small boxes and containers from your recycling. I chose to quickly spray paint them. Although you could paint them white or even just leave them and decorate with paper or fabric. Work with what you have!
2. After the spray paint/paint is dry, start to decorate your village. Cutting windows and doors where you’d like. Adding colorful roofs. Let your little one dictate what they’d like and help with the cutting. You could add colorful paint, pretty fabric, etc… Have fun with this! We chose to keep our little town white, black and neon yellow.
3. That is usually enough for a day or two. It took us a while to spray paint and then decorate all the buildings for the town. Next up will be creating the town people.
4. Using the wooden pegs, create a fun group of people to live in your village. Rowan and I made all kinds of ballerinas, a few girls with crazy hair, a Mom, a little brother and even a ninja. Get creative here! Use pom poms, felt or yarn for the hair. Warp yarn around the wooden pegs to make them wear a sweater. Make yarn pom poms for a tutu or design some cute dresses. This was by far Rowan’s favorite part. She could have designed people and their outfits all day if I let her. I used hot glue to adhere a lot of the items to the pegs. It makes for quick and easy drying time.
5. Set up your town, give it a name and spend the afternoon playing house!! Rowan has asked to bring out her little recycled village everyday since we made it. I love hearing the little stories she makes up as she plays with all the dolls.
Have fun guys!