How to Make Model Towns and Farms with Your PreSchooler

8:02 pm Games and Activities

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Kids love making small scale anything – farms, towns. This could turn into a fun half hour project for you and your child. Raid his toy closet and craft box for props, and build away.

For a town, use cardboard to make a base. If you’re making a town, use strips of oak tag to make roads, cut varying strips and glue together to make turns and intersections. Draw zebra stripes and make markings on the oak tag. Use toy traffic lights, and toy cars to complete the road.

For a farm, color patches of the oak tag in green, and use a mirror as a pond. Set up farm animals, and prop up tiny branches with leaves to make up trees. Make hills from play dough, and place these appropriately.

For both, use cardboard boxes, milk carton boxes, or her old shoe boxes to make buildings – farm houses, office buildings, schools, houses etc. Use rectangular stickers, to make windows, and doors for these buidlings.

For people, use craft sticks and paint faces on these. Glue some cotton or yarn to make hair.

You can also use colored rice – green for the grass, gray for the roads, blue for water, and so on.

Making models is great for encouraging imaginative play – there are endless questions you can ask as you’re playing.

Who lives here? Who works in the office buildings? What work do they do?

Have you ever made models towns or farms with your child? What other props do you use?


2 Responses
  1. NatureMom :

    Date: May 22, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

    What great ideas. My kids would love this! I am bookmarking it for a summer project. Keep them coming. :)

  2. WherestheBox :

    Date: May 24, 2008 @ 1:56 am

    I think we have that exact figurine! We have a neat farm set that another mom handed down when her kiddo outgrew it, and my Little Guy would love to use it in this way instead of just setting it up on the table, I’m sure.


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