Do you remember the toilet roll tubes from last week’s Play Academy? No-one guessed what they were for! Not an advent calendar, not snowmen but in fact a frosty winter village, for some small world play.
How to make a model Christmas village
We started by cutting our toilet roll tubes into different sizes so we could have a variety of houses and then painted them all white. We used acrylic paint as it covered the cardboard better than our water-based poster paint.
The next step, once the paint was dry, was to draw on the windows and doors of our houses using pens and pencils.
A little strip of craft glue along the window ledges and floor meant we could add a layer of frosty glitter.
We thought about using rolled up semi-circles of card to make turret-style roofs but they were a bit tricky for the children to manage by themselves, so we opted for cake cases instead. A rim of glue around the top of the tubes was all we needed to hold them in place. You’ll see some of the houses have windows cut out of them using a craft knife rather than being drawn on. I like the idea of lighting these up from inside – maybe using a battery tea candle if we can find one to fit.
We added more frost to the roofs of the houses, glittering all the way.
This winter village works so well as a collaborative project. Even very young children can join in with the painting, drawing and glitter shaking. I love how all the houses are different and having lots of children joining in means you get lots of houses to play with in your little town.
We added a few snowmen, made from a little pieces of cotton wool, so we can pretend the children who live in the houses have made them.
The finished village is set up in the playroom now, ready for lots of imaginary small world play and we’re planning on adding an ice rink and some Christmas trees too.
More Christmas craft ideas
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