Cardboard City

My friend Amanda has four kids, ages 6, 4, 2, and 9 months.  She comes from an early childhood education background, and she has some parenting habits that I think are awesome.  For example, she has “art time” every day with her kids.  Talk about fostering creativity!

Anyway, I told Amanda that I had to get in on this “art time” with her, and the other day we had our first play date.  She was focusing on the theme “construction” with her kids this particular week.

We decided to help the kids create a cardboard city.  First we talked with them about what kinds of buildings they’d find in a city.  Peter (6) immediately said that we could find a skyscraper in a city.  Penny Lane (4) said a house, and Lucy (2) went with her sister’s suggestion.

Each of the kids picked out a box they wanted to work with, and immediately got to work putting on windows, doors, roofs, sidewalks, etc.


Peter decided to make some roads and everyone chose a spot for their building.


Penny Lane decided the city needed a horse.  Is that a stable she’s building?


And of course we needed cars.  I think I just might be in love with that round tower. Marina Towers in Chicago, anyone?


2 thoughts on “Cardboard City

  1. Emilie this was such a fabulous idea. The kids and I had so much fun with you. Thank you for coming and improving our “art time”. I hope you’ll come back again soon. The kids are still playing with the cardboard city, though now they seem to be deconstructing it. You are awesome!!!

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