Build a box city

Build a box city

Children just love boxes and the old saying, "kids have more fun with the box than with the gift inside it" is so true. Here's how to build a box town.

What you need:

  • Boxes of various sizes 
  • Toilet rolls 
  • Butcher’s paper, tissue paper or just a roll of white paper (we used one from Ikea)
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Coloured paper
  • Assorted buttons
  • Crayons
  • Thin masking tape or washi tape
  • A few little cars and “villagers”

Number of players:


1. Tape up the open boxes so they’re a bit more solid.

2. Wrap the boxes in plain-coloured paper as you would a present.

3. Have the children draw bricks, house numbers, doors and windows on the wraped boxes (or continue with the next step instead).

4. Have your children (or do so yourself!) cut out squares and rectangles from coloured paper for windows and doors.

5. Glue in place and add a button as a doorknob. Have the kids line up their buildings and add some trees (cut two slits on opposite sides of the end of one toilet roll and slip in green coloured paper cut into the shapes of clouds) and a road (strip of blue/grey paper marked with washi or thin masking tape.)


This craft was created by Belinda Graham, who blogs at The Happy Home Blog.

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