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100 Little Homes
A KIDS STEAM BUILDING CHALLENGE
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.
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.
A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE KIDS 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…?
Construction paper & cardstock
Wire, twine & ribbon
Fabric, felt & yarn
Pom poms & cotton balls
Hot glue gun or craft glue
Blocks & Legos
Parts of broken toys
Transparent color tiles
Bottes & cartons
Bottlecaps & lids
Cans & jars
Stickers & labels
Flameless tea lights
Nuts & Bolts
Textured or handmade paper
Stamps & ink pads
Twigs & sticks
Rocks & stones
Shells & sea glass
Pinecones & nuts
Plants & succulents
Moss & bar
Dirt, sand & clay
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.
|Last week of August||A fair-themed home|
|September week 1||A home on a farm|
|September week 2||An Autumn home|
|September week 3||A muppet home (for Jim Henson’s birthday!)|
|September week 4||A pumpkin home|
|October week 1||A haunted home|
|October week 2||A home made of sticks|
|October week 3||A home for a witch|
|October week 4||A candy home|