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kid craft // make a neighborhood

making paper neighborhoods

Build a paper neighborhood while you're learning at home! Houses and neighborhoods are still on everyone's mind, and I'm not tired of it yet. So I designed a little paper neighborhood project you can do with your kids!

One of the things I do each week is plan projects for families in the special needs ministry at my church. Normally I do that for when the groups meet in person, but these days I come up with ideas that they can do at home. I try to choose basic materials that most people have and instructions that won't be hard for non-crafters to jump into.

As I make those projects, I thought it might be fun to share a few here now and again. As I said, these are simple and may even exist elsewhere, but maybe you'll enjoy my little take on them.

The fun of this paper neighborhood is that you can use scraps of colorful paper to design houses and other buildings. You could even cut and paste pieces to make little shops like my Kawaii Crossing designs!

making paper neighborhoods

You will need:
glue stick
crayons or markers

making paper neighborhoods

Cut out squares, rectangles, and triangles for the buildings. Glue them down to a piece of paper.

making paper neighborhoods

Cut smaller squares and rectangles for the windows and doors, then glue them down.

making paper neighborhoods

Draw details on the houses and add some other scenery if you want!

The only thing that's missing on my houses is a few smiling "Wild Olive" faces. What was I thinking? If you do love making houses with faces, be sure to check out my felt softie house pattern!


  1. I love this! Since pulling my toddler from daycare I’m always hunting for fun little projects. Keep them coming!

    1. Thanks for the awesome feedback! Will do!


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