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Keep The Children Entertained - Cardboard Buildings

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As I write this, our son is off school for the easter/spring school break. Two weeks of a young child full of energy and mischief calls for making sure we have plenty of things to keep him entertained and out of trouble.

I thought I'd share a few of the things we are doing that others may find useful as well. The aim behind this is inexpensive fun that leads to something a child can feel a sense of achievement in, as well as putting some of that energy to good use.

This time we have borrowed an idea from his school. We have changed a few things schools don't have time to do with children. The final product will be a small cardboard house.
 
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Step 1: The Obligatory "What You Need" List.

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You will want to make sure you have everything to hand and sorted out before you get started. So here is a quick list of what you need.

Basic Equipment:
* Craft Knife
* A Cutting Board
* Cellotape
* Scissors
* Cling Film/Plastic Wrap

Other:
* Cling Film/Plastic Wrap
* Small Cardboard Cereal Box(es)

Decorating Equipment:
* Pencils/Crayons/Paint etc

Anything that isn't already laying around the home you are likely to be able to find in any well stocked craft shop. I have popped a list of places that you can find on-line if you need any help finding supplies.

Step 2: Preparation

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Start off by taking the small cereal boxes and ensuring both ends are open. Then cut open the flap along one side to open the whole box out flat.

Your child (or you - go on, you know you'd be making one at the same time) can then draw on doors and windows.

Step 3: Colouring Fun

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Time to colour in the house. Have plenty of fun, there's no need to be boring like me and do it all in one colour.

Step 4: Precise Incisions

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Now you should have a nice and colourful box. Take your craft knife and carefully cut out the glass areas of the windows, and around three sides of the door. Score the 4th side of the door to allow it to be opened or closed.
I bet your kids love it! I loved making things like this when I was younger :)
grumpydad (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
We spent a good couple of hours this afternoon on that... Tomorrow he wants to do the same thing, but make a railway station for his model train set.

Things like this, to keep his mind active and entertained over the school holidays are ideal. Next to no cost, and fun.
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