Our kids love small world play! We set out an invitation for them to create their own buildings since we've been learning to identify places in our community. This creative project also showed just how much they've noticed about our neighborhood!
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We created our blank buildings by wrapping our brick cardboard blocks with white printer paper. You could also wrap empty food packaging boxes but if you're in the market for fun blocks we use these regularly for all sorts of pretend play so they are totally a worthy investment for kids!
The paper didn't completely cover the blocks but it didn't matter to us since we were only decorating once side. You could use two pieces of paper if you wanted complete coverage. The wrapping practice was excellent fine motor work for our daughter, too! We secured the paper with Scotch tape which all kids love to use for some reason.
Our daughter spent the morning decorating her buildings quite creatively. I forgot to snap a picture since I was busy getting other things done with her so happily occupied! She created a church, a school, and a movie theater. The details are too cute!
I imagined that our kids would use the buildings for vehicle play but E grabbed her Squinkies which were the perfect size for these neighborhood places! She even set up the "inside" of each location behind the block with small accessories and dollhouse furniture. Who knew a simple invitation to create would inspire so much creative play!
More My Neighborhood Activities from the Early Childhood Education Team:
7 Ways to Grow a Reader on a Neighborhood Walk from Growing Book by Book
Community Helpers Bingo Alphabet Activity by Mom Inspired Life
Word Family Houses from Rainy Day Mum
The Big Orange Splot Activity by Capri +3
Community Helpers Theme for Preschool: Bubbly Fires Science Activity! from The Preschool Toolbox
My Neighbourhood Preschool Math Color Sorting by Learning 2 Walk
Shapes in Our Neighborhood Book from Munchkins and Moms
Fireman Playdough Printable by Life Over C’s
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