Get your child to use their creative side to build a town and add to it as it grows.
This is an open-ended activity where children can use their imaginations and items around the house to design their very own towns! Children will love exploring the roads and buildings that have been laid out, and once they start to get a little bored, more items can be added to enhance the town like a park, construction area, people, a school, or anything else they can think of!
🧳Explore your community! Extend this activity by treating the box town like your real environment. Ask the child where they can find their house, school, grocery store, grandparents’ house, and anything else they’ll recognize.
📚Start with a story! Set the scene with one of these picture books to get kids thinking about their surroundings.
A City Through Time by Philip Steele - Readers are invited to follow the progress of an imaginary city through six key periods of time
Look Where We Live! A First Book of Community Building by Scot Ritchie - This fun and informational picture book follows five friends as they explore their community during a street fair.
It Takes a Village By Hillary Clinton (picture book version) - A heartwarming and universal story of a diverse community coming together to make a difference.
For this activity you will need:
Large box (or several smaller ones)
Toy houses (or blocks)
Using a variety of materials to build with and express their ideas
Flatten the box by using scissors to cut any tape and unfolding it completely.
Place the box in an open area like a living room floor.
Draw a road over the box with a black marker.
Place several toy houses (or blocks if you don’t have any) throughout the “town.”
Put a few toy cars and animals down.
Invite your kiddos to play and explore!
👷 Have the children design their own towns! Extend this activity by involving the children in steps 2-5. Once they start showing showing signs of being bored, you can encourage them to add more items, roads or boxes.
✂️ How do I adapt this exercise for younger kiddos? Younger children will probably knock a lot over as they explore so use fewer items that are safe for their age.
🖌️ It’s up to you how creative you want this activity to be! With older kiddos, encourage them to draw and cut out their own paper creations such as trees, family members, buildings or animals.
What can we add to make our town more colorful?
Should we switch where some things in our town are placed?
What building should we add next?
Where is our house?
What should we name our town?