Remember the colorful paper beads we made two weeks ago from magazine paper? Well today the girls (3 years old) and I turned brown paper lunch bags into a log cabin using a similar technique. My Little House on the Prairie enthusiasts had a great time with this project (and Mom had quite a bit of fun too). We worked on it all throughout the day, but the mechanics of it are fairly simple. Here are the instructions..
I took regular brown paper lunch sacks and cut them into six strips each. Then we put glue along the edge of each strip and rolled them into logs around markers:
At first we wrapped the strips around a single marker, but after everyone struggled with getting the marker out after it was wrapped, L came up with the idea of joining two markers together. She seriously came up with that solution all by herself, and I was a very proud parent (and felt silly that I hadn't thought of that myself). We also made some shorter logs to use for making a door and window.
This is was very much a collaborative project between me and the kids, but I made every effort to let them do the bulk of the work. After adding a folded piece of construction paper for the roof, our log cabin was done: