Monday, June 18, 2012
Make a 3D town with trash from your house!
The town consisted of:
- 2 trees (made from green construction paper and a paper towel holder)
- A big house (made from a diaper box. It's the one with the red roof)
- 3 stores (made from various boxes)
- A street where they drove cars
- A swingset and slide
- Several people, dogs, trains, etc
The long box above is a Coke box, the big one is a diaper box, and the small two are cereal boxes.
The details she did were amazing. She wrapped a bunch of pieces of green paper together and taped them together. Then they used scissors to cut a bunch of slits (great for fine motor)
They got to help decorate all of the houses. They colored, they glued on stuff, they painted, they used stickers, all great fine motor and strength, not to mention concentration.
The finished product was quite a masterpiece. Now, I would never claim that I could do anything as creative as my wonderful baby-sitter. She was born with a different creative geno-type than I was. But if you're creative like her, you could consider using colored popsicle sticks to make a slide and a swingset. For the swingset (below), she cut the tops off the sticks and then glued them to the horizontal one. Then she wrapped some yarn around the top and looped it through a bead. For the slide, she just cut up the sticks and glued them together.
And for her final magic trick, she used a bunch of beads to make that little doll! She used a pipe cleaner to hold them all together and glued a button to the bottom to make it stand up. The hat is a small pink bead, the arms are beads, the face is a bead with a face drawn on. WOW. She is amazing. And the kids adore their new little town, where they can play with their dolls and trucks, knowing that they helped to build it!
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