From the January 2015 issue

Winter Village Play Scene Craft for Kids

Come January, it’s common for families to take it easy after all that holiday hubbub. If your kids are on the hunt for something to do, try a cold-day DIY project you can make with on-hand stuff!

Supplies

  • Empty cardboard food packages in various sizes (from granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers, etc.)
  • Wooden craft plaque
  • Construction paper in assorted colors
  • Brown kraft wrapping paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Craft paints (white, gray)
  • White craft felt
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue, tape and double-stick tape
  • Glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Assorted paper punches
  • White glitter
  • Decorating extras: fake trees, toys, etc.

Directions

  1. Paint the wooden plaque so your child can work on the building(s) as the paint dries. Paint the top to represent snow. Sprinkle glitter all over for a shiny effect. Once the white paint has dried a decent amount, add a skating pond by painting a large oval shape on the plaque’s surface. Set aside to work on the buildings.
  2. Prep the empty cardboard box by taping down the flaps. Cut a piece of kraft paper big enough to wrap it, like you would when wrapping a present. Wrap the box.
  3. When it comes to decorating the box, the sky’s the limit! Look at different paper punch shapes to create windows, doors, etc. Adhere to the box front with double-stick tape. To create shingles, cut out or punch out small circles. Cut the circles in half and glue toward the top of the box.
  4. Back on the plaque, cut out a winding, snowy path from a piece of white craft felt. Stick to the board with craft glue. Add mounds of snow to the path by gently pulling apart cotton balls so they’re no longer a defined round shape. Glue to the board. (They make a great snowman, too!)
  5. Once the board has been decorated, the finishing touch is adding the building – or buildings, depending on the size of the village. Add to the board with a generous helping of hot glue. Apply pressure to ensure the box makes strong contact between its bottom and the board.

Bonus: Learn how to wrap boxes for winter village play scenes!

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