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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Our Milk Carton Town

This year's theme is "Oh the Places We'll Go." The first place we are visiting is our town. We have been talking about places that we go in our town and also people who make up our community.

To kick off our talk about our town, we made our own town using milk cartons. We read the book Franklin's Neighborhood and talked about the places that we like to visit in our neighborhood. Each child then picked a place to make their milk carton into. The kids made the library, stores, churches, houses, and schools. 

After they made their buildings, they put them on main street (that I drew on a black paper with white crayons) and drove to each others buildings with matchbox cars.

If you would like to make your own milk carton town, here's the details.

Here's What You Need:
  • Milk cartons - 
I got ours from my husband's elementary school class. You could get them from your local elementary school by buying the milk during lunch time or by asking a teacher to collect them for you. Make sure you wash and disinfect them before you use them. (I used bleach water after I washed them out.)
  • construction paper
  • tape
  • glue dots
Here's What You Do:
  1. Cut out two pieces of paper. One for the roof that is brown and one to go around the sides that is white. Our brown one was 3 3/4 X 2 1/4 inches. Our white one was 3 X 9 inches.
  2. Use the glue dots to attatch the brown one up and over the top of the milk carton.
  3. Decorate the white paper with doors, windows, signs, etc then tape it around the sides of the milk carton.
  4. Put your buildings and cars on the streets and get cruisin'. 

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