I've been putting a few kitchen and wrapping paper rolls to one side, especially for half term, as they are always come in handy for rainy day crafts and keeping the kids entertained for free. There are so many things you can create with them from animals and vehicles to these cute little houses that will go well in your gardens for outdoor play!
When plastic tealights are added they look really magical in the summer evenings but your little ones could always leave their teeth inside ready for the tooth fairy to collect from their rooms too.
Tealights (battery powered, optional)
- Firstly, make the roof using a piece of coloured paper which is A5 in size (half a sheet of A4). Cut the paper so you have a square (14.8cm by 14.8cm) and a separate rectangular strip
- Roll up the rectangular strip and glue the end so it becomes a tube - the chimney
- With the square piece of paper, fold as the dotted lines show in the imagery below in the direction of the arrows (it's a lot easier to follow the pictures than for me to describe the process!). I've intentionally used paper that is coloured red on one side and white on the other side for you as I think this helps to make it clear
- Slide the chimney into the roof and glue into place
- Next, bend inwards half of the top rim of the card tube and then the other half so that they meet
- Take hold of the two points where the card tube has now curved upwards and squeeze them together
- Add glue to the area and slide the roof on top
- Cut a slit approx 2cm in length into the card tube from the base rim and then 1cm across to form a door
- Either draw on two windows with the pen approx 1cm by 2cm in size, slightly above and to either side of the door, or use coloured paper to create them and glue them on
- Place your tealight inside (optional)
- Make an entire village
- Add your child's LEGO figures to play
- Use lots of different coloured paper to make it really appealing or stick to their favourite themes
- Use leftover wrapping paper for funky prints
- Add glitter and sequins for an added sparkle
- Create cone shaped roofs for variation - just roll a piece of paper around your hand into a point and glue it down
- Cut the windows out for added light
- Keep away from water/rain or they will end up soggy!