Merry Christmas Eve’s Eve everybody 🙂 !
Children are counting hours at this point, tomorrow at the same time they will go to bed to wake up to presents under the tree, and delicious special breakfast, and, who knows, maybe even snow.
Today’s plan was to make a paper village. Frankly, I was dreading making a town out of little boxes, so I looked online for some alternative, and then I stumbled upon a wonderful display of paper houses at one of the loveliest Russian blogs about children’s playtimes.
It looked easy enough to make, so this afternoon we sat down to try and create some magic
First, of course, the planning, we talked about who will live in our paper city, what will it look like, we agreed on bright festive colors.
My Russian readers will surely remember the wonderful book
Площадь картонных часов Леонинда Яхнина (изд-во Махаон, 2012) а также очаровательный мультфильм
This is a book about a hat maker who made a little paper town in the middle of the forest and of adventures of little paper people that come alive in this town. I am not sure if there is a book like that in English (would love to check some out if anyone knows some), the only one that comes to mind is Paper John by David Small, but it is not quite it.
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We did look at architecture books for inspiration
If you Lived Here by Giles Laroche (book depository)
and our favorite From Mud Huts to Skyscraper:Architecture for Children by Christine Paxmann, illustrated by Anne Ibelings (book depository)
Anyway, to create our paper town, first we folded our paper, creating three creases, so our houses would stand, then we lovingly sketched our streets:
then filled in all the delicate details
and splashes of color!
We let our streets dry, traced the outlines with marker, carefully cut them out and voila! Our bookshelf is lovely tiny town:
let’s look a bit closer:
In the end we were enormously pleased with the result and I’m sure we will make more paper streets in the future.