100 Little Homes - a creative project to help kids get excited about STEAM-learning, art exploration, architecture, sustainability and more!

A YEAR OF STEAM PROMPTS

100 Little Homes

52 kid-inspired creative building prompts for every week. 

About 100 Little Homes

Problem-solving, reasoning, math & measurement, creative engagement, art process & material exploration, conservancy, collaboration and independent, imaginative play – these are all benefits kids experience when building their own structures and small worlds.

I started the 100 Little Homes project with the main goal of s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g imaginations, building a creative community and creating one BIG collection of little homes & habitats that kids, parents, educators & makers of all kinds can use for inspiration.

For my part, I hope to share 100 unique ideas – all using sustainable & relatively common household supplies over the course of the next year.

Participate in 100 Little Homes

COMING SOON!

Ready to start making your own creative homes & habitats? You can download the full resource kit (check back soon!) and follow along or join in our weekly challenges over on Instagram.

TAG YOUR BUILDS!

If you have project photos that you’re okay having shared on our Instagram account (with full attribution!) tag them with #100littlehomes to be featured.

I’d love to see what you’ve created (and send people directly to YOUR project ideas too!)

100 Little Homes Instagram Tag
100 little homes play STEAM building inspiration

This project was inspired by the fun we’ve had making our own little homes and habitats over the years. For a little inspiration to get you rolling, click on one of our past projects below!

Each project uses simple recycled materials (scrap wood, cardboard boxes, etc). and includes a full supply list and complete tutorial. You can re-create them, grab a couple of tips, or simply save them for inspiration to use for your own building challenges.

DIY Cardboard City Project
DIY Cardboard Play Pet Tank Project
DIY Cardboard Play Gnome Home Project
DIY Peter Rabbit Garden Project
DIY Recycled Shoebox House Project
DIY Scrap Wood Dollhouse Project
100 Little Homes Supply List
GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE BUILDING MATERIALS...

Creative building often happens best when you use what you have and turn it into something brand new! What do you already have around the house that you could build your play home with...?

CRAFT SUPPLIES: 

  • Construction paper & cardstock
  • Tissue paper
  • Modeling clay
  • Paper mache
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paper bags
  • Paper straws
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Playdough
  • Wooden dowels
  • Wire, twine & ribbon
  • Fabric, felt & yarn
  • Pom poms & cotton balls
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Metal brads
  • Peg Dolls
  • Candy

TOYS:

  • Blocks & Legos
  • Game pieces
  • Magnetic tiles
  • Toy cars
  • Parts of broken toys
  • Transparent color tiles

RECYCLED SUPPLIES:

  • Cardboard
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Shoeboxes
  • Bottes & cartons
  • Paper cups
  • Bottlecaps & lids
  • Paper rolls
  • Egg cartons
  • Small Tins
  • Spools
  • Takeout containers
  • Magazine pages
  • Cans & jars
  • Scrap Wood

HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES:

  • Hand mirrors
  • Garden pots
  • Office Supplies
  • Stickers & labels
  • Duct tape
  • Flameless tea lights
  • Nuts & Bolts
  • Small Pulleys
  • Corks
  • Pie Tins

ART SUPPLIES:

  • Textured or handmade paper
  • Watercolors
  • Paints
  • Chalk paint
  • Oil pastels
  • Crayons
  • Stamps & ink pads
  • Smocks

NATURAL SUPPLIES: 

  • Twigs & sticks
  • Rocks & stones
  • Shells & sea glass
  • Pinecones & nuts
  • Plants & succulents
  • Moss & bar
  • Tree slices
  • Feathers
  • Dirt, sand & clay
  • Seeds
100 Little Homes Schedule o Creative Prompts

Our 100 Little Homes Challenge features a different creative building prompt every week. You can save the dates to build along with us, or use the themes as inspiration to create your own STEAM-building invitations.

DATESTHEME
August 30 - September 4An autumn home
September 6-11A home on a farm
September 13-18An apple home
September 20-25A muppet home (in celebration of Jim Henson's birthday!)
September 27 - October 2A pumpkin home
October 4-9A haunted home
October 11-16A home made of sticks
October 18-23A home for a witch
October 25-30A candy home
100 Little Homes - a creative project to help kids get excited about STEAM-learning, art exploration, architecture, sustainability and more!