Children love to play make-believe, and nothing could be better than having a miniature play house. Houses of this type can be bought from local or online retailers, but it is a lot cheaper to construct one yourself. What’s more, by making your own, the children can have a little input on what they want it to look like.
Constructing the House
To enable the children to play house indoors during the winter months, consider making one out of cardboard boxes. This can easily be accomplished by finding two or three large boxes, preferably large appliance-sized boxes. Once you have the boxes, each box needs to be disassembled along one side. When that is done, you need to decide on how you want to re-assemble all the boxes together to form the house. The house can be in the shape of a square, rectangle, or even a circle.
With a plan in mind, attach the sides of the boxes together using Duct tape. Once you have the house formed it is then time to make the door and windows. Using a pencil, roughly draw an outline of where you want the door and windows located and, using a utility knife, carefully cut along the outline.
The fun part comes in decorating the house inside and outside. The materials used can include poster board, construction paper, markers, crayons, or any items around the house that can be glued onto the cardboard.
Decorating the Inside
Depending on how big the house is, you may be able to place furniture inside. Consider adding a miniature set of table and chairs or inflatable furniture. The children can paint artwork or make drawings to use as pictures to hang on the walls. By using markers, they can draw a television, a refrigerator, curtains, and if it is a holiday such as Christmas, they could draw a Christmas tree. To be more imaginative, try painting the walls black and adding glow-in-the-dark stars to create an outer space atmosphere, using glow-in-the-dark paint, of course. Or, if it is Halloween, make a haunted house with ghosts and goblins.
Decorating the Outside
The outside of the house can be decorated using the same materials that were used on the inside. Using construction paper, make flowers, bushes, and trees and glue them along the sides of the house. At the front door, you can make a Welcome sign, a doorbell, and a mailbox. Poster board can be used to make shutters for the windows or a stone pathway around the sides of the house. Again, taking the seasons into consideration, you can decorate the outside with snow, leaves, or grass. An interesting touch would be to add holiday lights around the outside of the house creating a magical effect.