Welcome to Nurturestore’s day to host the Creative Christmas Countdown, where we’re going to let it snow!
I’m joining with some of my favourite kids bloggers to bring you an Advent of creative activities you can use with your children to have some fun this festive season. Each day until 24th December there’s a different idea to try. You can follow along on the interactive Advent calendar – there are some wonderful ideas there already, so do take a look. Today is my turn, and I’m going to show you one of my daughters’ favourite Christmas art and play ideas: making a model Christmas town.
Let it snow: make a model Christmas town
The idea is to raid your recycling box, add in a few extra basic art supplies and make a snowy town. It fits the three favourite rules for any kids’ craft in our house:
- it’s eco-friendly, up-cycling old materials
- it’s creative, as there is plenty of scope for the children to use their imaginations and make a town their own way
- it’s got added play-factor, as once you’ve enjoyed crafting you’ve made yourself a miniature world for lots more imaginary play
To make the snowy town you will need:
toilet rolls/paper rolls :: paper cake cases / cupcake liners :: white paint :: glue :: glitter :: cotton wool :: craft knife / scissors :: marker pens
Start by painting your paper rolls white. The more you use, the bigger your town can be.
Then use your marker pens to add doors and windows.
You can also use your craft knife / scissors to cut out some doors and windows. Add some glue to the top of your paper roll and pop on a cake case / cupcake liner to be a roof.
Then let it snow! Use glue and glitter to give your model town a glistening layer of frost and snow on roof tops…
and floors and window ledges.
You could also use some cotton wool make snowy streets and little snowmen.
Once you’ve finished creating, and all the glue is dry, you can set out your snowy model town and play! Add in some toy people and cars, make a post box to send lots of Christmas cards, make a play dough Christmas tree to decorate, add a frozen tinfoil lake to skate on – whatever your children can imagine!
There are lots more lovely festive ideas to try in the Creative Christmas Countdown, so take a look, follow along and join in.
And hop over to Nurturestore’s Christmas archive for paper plate angels, Christmas Day play dough, edible snowflakes and more.
Craft, create, play and let it snow!