About the 100 Little Homes Project

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.

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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.


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…?

100 Little Homes Supply List

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 of 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
Last week of AugustA fair-themed home
September week 1A home on a farm
September week 2An Autumn home
September week 3A muppet home (for Jim Henson’s birthday!)
September week 4A pumpkin home
October week 1A haunted home
October week 2A home made of sticks
October week 3A home for a witch
October week 4A candy home