If you've any colouring-in keenies, these should be right up your street! They're so simple and satisfying, and were the reason I picked up The Big Ideas Book in the first place (well that and Susan Stranks fetching 70's rainbow jumper)
I coloured in for hours on end when I was little and houses were a particular favourite. I liked drawing the rooms inside, inspired by the fun, detailed illustrations in Richard Scarry books - carefully putting everything I could possibly think of in my imaginary home.
I never made any like this though.
All you need is a sheet of paper, glue or sellotape and a ruler - I used thickish coloured paper, but whatever you've got will do.
Fold it in half lengthways
Open and fold both outside edges to the middle.
Open again, turn, and bend both the top and bottom ends this time - these should measure the same as the lengthways ones you've just done. I found the best way to do this, was to hold the ruler as I was folding, and crease when the fold was the right measurement.
Cut tabs at the top and bottom ends, as far as the crossways folds.
Cut out doors, windows and chimneys if you want. Turn over and stick the tabs that form the roof nice and snug with glue or sellotape, then the walls..
...checking it sits properly as you do it.
We decorated ours flat - after the cutting and before the sticking
and because it was too tempting, drew rooms on the back. My daughter loved this bit.
From houses to shops....and before we knew it, we had a small village! Didn't take long at all. And what about a school or a Post Office? You could also cut a pond shape out of card and cover with tin foil, or maybe make it more festive by adding a cone-shaped christmas tree.
Your paper supply's the limit...
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