Doors and Windows Coloring Printable For DIY Recycled Town, Cardboard City or Paper Dollhouse

Doors and Window Printables a fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #diykids #printable #greencrafts #rainbowcraft

 

Save time making DIY toy houses and buildings with recycled materials by printing these lovely doors and windows.

That way you can use the extra time to make entire towns, cities or even a huge dollhouse mansion (or would that be called a “dollmansion”?).

* Rainbow Town was inspired by the book “My Colour is Rainbow” by Agnes Hsu, a short children’s book about acceptance (much needed nowadays!) *

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How to Make a Rainbow Town with Recycling Materials

 

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About the printable

It is a PDF with 3 pages:

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Signs

The Doors and Windows come in a sort-of medieval looking style and a few of them can “open and close” for extra fun.

The Signs page comes with a big “Welcome to Rainbow Town” entrance sign because this printable came to life for a guest post I had the chance to make with the amazing Hello Wonderful (you can see the full tutorial here).

There are also a bunch of blank signs so the kids can draw whatever symbols or words they need for their buildings.

In the Rainbow Town, we included symbols for a Pastry shop, a Flower shop, a Hat shop and a School (which I clearly chose badly because my wife thought the building with the apple symbol was a fruit shop, lol).

Welcome to Rainbow town sign for a recycled town project. A fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #rainbows #kidscraft #papertown

How to use it:

Super easy!

  • Paint or wrap in recycling paper any cardboard box or whatever empty package you have without bugs in it.
  • Choose which of the windows and doors would fit better for your building.
  • Color them in, cut them out and paste them in place.
  • Voilá! You have a building!

If you’d like to see a complete step-by-step tutorial on how the toilet-roll houses and juice-box buildings of Rainbow Town were made, hop over to the guest post at Hello Wonderful.

Colourful Hotel for a recycled town project. A fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #cardboardcraft

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Teamwork and Community Activity for Kids:

If you have a group of kids, have them all make one or two buildings of their choice and put together a town where all of them contribute to make it beautiful!

You can expect to have several of the same type of building, and that’s ok! (Police stations and Supermarkets will probably be easy to find in your town) you can always encourage the kids to make more buildings if you want the town to have a more diverse range of public spaces 🙂

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Examples of finished buildings and houses:

Note: This idea was created in collaboration with Hello Wonderful (I love their Facebook Page and you might too!). You can see Box of Ideas’ guest post over there.

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Easy Miniature Campfire Craft for Kids Using Rocks and Sticks

Easy Kids campfire craft by Box of Ideas

Kids love making this mini-campfire!

Especially since they get to go outside to gather the materials to make it.

When I worked in the Arts and Crafts cabin of my favorite summer camp, we would do this craft with the youngest kids and it was always a successful activity since the kids had fun without being rushed and they could finish it in less than 50 mins.

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(Video) Making a Mini Campfire

Here’s a quick Instagram video of how to make the cute campfire:

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How to Make the Mini-Campfire:

1. Cut out a cardboard circle (the size is up to you!)

2. Gather rocks and a couple of thin sticks (enough rocks to cover around the cardboard circle)

3. Glue the rocks around the circle, break the sticks into shorter pieces and place them in the rock circle’s center.

4. Cut squares of the color that you wish for your “flames” (I’ve seen rainbow campfires looking pretty good!)

5. Put them together and twist them to make a flame shape (like a crushed flower), or really, just rip them in random sizes and place them on top of the sticks (real flames don’t really have a shape so every kid can do it as ability hey can and it still looks good).

Voilá! you have a mini campfire!

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Easy Kids campfire craft by Box of Ideas

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Easy Rainbow Friendship Bracelet Craft for Summer Camp

Colorful and Easy Rainbow Friendship Bracelet craft for kids! By Box of Ideas

This friendship bracelet is so easy to make it works perfectly as a backup Arts and Craft Time-filler for Summer camps.

I’ve seen kids from 4 years old to teenagers enjoy this craft with no problems!

 

(VIDEO) How to make a Rainbow Bracelet the Easy Way!

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Incomplete Animals – Coloring Pages for Arts and Crafts Game

Art supplies and cat from Complete The Animals Game - Fun idea for an Arts and Crafts game where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to complete the bodies of different animals. Free PDF has the base drawings for printable for the following animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep.

A fun Arts and Crafts game idea where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to finish the incomplete bodies of different animals.

Complete The Animals Game - Fun idea for an Arts and Crafts game where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to complete the bodies of different animals. Free PDF has the base drawings for printable for the following animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep.

 

(Video) Crafting Animals at High Speed

Here’s a video of my super-speedy hands making the examples for this game:

Instructions:

1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page (it comes in English and Spanish)

2. Complete each animal in a crafty way by playing with your creativity and any random materials that you find around.

Unleash your creativity!

Experiment with odd materials that don’t look like art supplies at all. That brings a richer experience for the player because it gives more satisfaction to them knowing they “discovered” a new way of using something. Who doesn’t love that feeling?

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Incomplete illustrations of these animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep. Available in English and Spanish 🙂

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Idea twists:

Recycling Mode: Play an eco-friendly version of this game by using mostly materials that would otherwise be thrown away (clean trash).

Animal Breeds: Print many copies of the same animal and craft them in different breeds.

Teaching Art Styles: Ask the kids to complete each animal using techniques related to different art movements like Impressionism, Minimalism, and my absolute favorite, Surrealism.

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🐦💬 Everyone kept saying: “YOU WILL NEVER GET WINGS!” And for a long sad time, I believed them 😣 then one day it finally came to me… After binge-listening to success stories about feather-less birds that made it (like the naked bird you see if you SWIPE LEFT), I knew I had to find my own kind of wings no matter how unusual or “un-bird likely” they were. So I went into the recycling bin, I grabbed an old paper bag, cut it, painted it blue like my favourite kind of worms and LOOK AT ME NOW! I am the birdest bird in the bird land 💙😎 . . Has anyone ever told you that you are not good enough? What have you done about it? Comment to inspire others! . . . PS: I made this bird for @bestideasforkids

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Note: This idea was created in collaboration with The Best Ideas For Kids blog (I love their Facebook Page and you might too!). You can see my post as a guest over there.

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1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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1-10 Animal Numbers for Kids (Free Multilingual Numbers Printables Bundle: Individual Posters, Flashcards and Coloring Pages)

1 to 10 Printable numbers in different languages #numeracy #numbers #earlychildhoodeducation #kindergarten

Inside: Free small and large numbers 1-10 printable for kindergarten in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. Also available for free as numbers 1-10 printable flashcards and 1-10 number cards printable coloring pages.

Use these numbers with cute animal faces to teach counting and numbers recognition to kids in any language.

Each design has an X amount of animal faces within the number that matches the value of each number (i.e. Number three has three little pigs ?) so your kids can count them.

The Animal Numbers Bundle includes 3 PDF files:

  • 1 to 10 Numbers Individual Posters
  • 1 to 10 Numbers Flashcards
  • 1 to 10 Numbers Coloring Pages

And, since I love everything multilingual the bundle is available in 6 different languages, as well as a Blank version (so you can add the numbers yourself in any other language):

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
Animal Numbers 1-10

Bilingual kids tips

  • Make a bilingual numbers memory game (a normal sized one using the flashcards or a GIANT one using the posters).
  • Make dual-language numbers flashcards by pasting the cards back-to-back in your chosen languages.

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Colors and Creativity: A Preschool Game Idea to Practice Color Names in Any Language - Free printables of colour names in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and a BLANK version to add more languages.
Idea to Practice Color Names using Creativity

 

DIY Addition Machine – A fun way to learn addition

A nice teacher from Mexico sent me this video where he used the Animal Numbers to make an “addition Machine” (Máquina de sumar, in Spanish).

He used two painted toilet rolls and taped them to a shoe box.

Above each of the toilet rolls he placed one of the free number flash-cards to indicate how many pom-pons the student should introduce. Then the child only needs to count the total number of pom-pons in the box to know the answer.

Another teacher from a Facebook group commented that the machine could be improved by placing a “+” symbol between the flash-cards.


If you make anything with this free numbers printable, please consider sending me your video to be featured in my Facebook Page so other teachers can get inspired by your idea.

Printables Preview

Here are a few samples of the printables that you get with your download (the images below have mixed languages for showing purposes only, in your download all the printables are nicely organized by individual language):

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Fun Games to Teach Numbers to Kids

Below is a compilation of number activities explaining how to teach numbers to preschoolers / homeschoolers.

Links about how to teach numbers to kids in their mother tongue:

Ways to Teach Counting – By Prekinders

Smack the Number Counting Game – By Mom Inspired Life

Teeth Number Games for Preschool – By Totschooling

Fun with Numbers and Fruit Loops – By Homeschooling Mom 4 Two

Magic Colored Beans Sorting Activity – By The Imagination Tree

 

Links about how to teach numbers to kids in a different language:

Numbers and Counting ESL Games for Kids – By ESL Kid Stuff

4 Counting Games to Teach Spanish Numbers in 1, 2, 3 – By FluentU Spanish Educator Blog

5 German Number Games to Make Your Lesson Count – By FluentU German Educator Blog

5 Fun Italian Games for Learning Numbers – By TakeLessons

 

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Kids DIY Christmas Card Idea: Coloring, Cut and Paste (Free Multilingual Printable)

A simple and creative idea for a DIY chrismas card made by your kids. Includes free multilingual template :)

A simple and creative idea for a DIY Christmas card made by your kids. Grandparents will flip out if they get this.

Video Tutorial:

Watch and share this video on Facebook.

Instructions:

1. Download the PDF by clicking the Download link at the bottom of this page. Then print it 🙂

2. Select the elements that you want to include in your card’s design. For the “Merry Xmas” banners, since they come in these 69 different languages, please print only the page with the language(s) that you need or the ghost of a Xmas tree will hunt you down from tonight until new year’s eve.

* DISCLAIMER * The greetings listed in the multilingual Christmas banners correspond to translations made by regular parents (not all professional lingüists) who presumibly speak / know the language, nevertheless we can’t garantee that the spelling of each word or translation is official and legit.

 

Making a DIY Christmas card for kids using a templateLayed out pieces of a coloring template for a DIY Christmas card

3. Color your selections with markers, color pencils, watercolours, or whatever you like.

* Optional: Color the background of your Christmas scene on the piece of paper where you want to paste your design.

4. Cut out your illustrations and paste them on a piece of cardstock (or any paper, really). An adult’s help might be useful for this step.

5. Your personalized design is done! Now write something nice for the person that will receive the card.

 

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Idea twists:

You can also draw more elements on your card to make it even more personalized! Purple flames in the fireplace? It’s Christmas, anything goes! 😀

Finished cards samples:

Finished examples of a DIY Christmas card project for kids

Here’s another Christmas ideas for Preschoolers:

#Christmas DIY Elf on the Shelf toilet tube #craft for teachers of #preschool kids

DIY Christmas Elf on the shelf for Preschool kids.

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Pokemon Go Playing Cards Design for DIY Games – Free Printable

Pokemon Go Cards Design Layout - Free Printable by Kids Activities Designer Rodrigo Macias

 

Print these Pokémon-Go inspired cards for your classroom games or use them as extras for your Pokémon party decorations.

Game idea using Pokémon Cards:

The image below will take you to the download page in Google Drive.

Pokemon Go Cards Design Layout - Free Printable by Kids Activities Designer Rodrigo Macias
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Animals Chess Set for Kids | Free Printable Chessboard and Animal Chess Pieces

Free printable boardgame: Animals Chess for Kids by Kids activities designer Rodrigo Macias

 

Chess tournaments have been very popular during down-time at the summer camps where I’ve worked.

Nevertheless, the limited amount of chessboards available at the camps were always a problem. There were very few of them and sometimes incomplete (Carlitos don’t eat that pawn! …too late).

I made this Animals Chess hoping to give those “chessful” kids, counselors and parents a cheap but cool solution to easily print and build a chess set.

Chess gives a good work out to the mind, it is very entertaining and it is great for bonding quietly with kids ?.

Have fun!

(Video) How to build a Paper Animal Chess

** Spanish subtitles available **

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Get your PDF Chess from the Download link at the bottom of this page.
  2. Cut out the pieces and Chessboard.
  3. To put together the pieces:
    1. Bend your cut-outs where you see the vertical lines.
    2. Glue and paste the flap on the right that has the 3 dots (Want a faster yet less appealing method? Instead of a gluestick or other glue, you can use tape).
  4. To put together the board:
    1. Layout together the 4 pieces of the board in the right position using the stone border as a guide.
    2. Flip your 4-pieces layout so you can tape them nicely from behind. Either using little bits of tape or doing 2 long stripes like big “+” sign.

You’re ready to play chess!

Design story:

Bronze animal pawn chesspiece with a monkey design by Rodrigo Macias for a free printable chess for kids
Design story of the Animals Chess

Pieces comparison:

Pieces guide for the Free printable boardgame: Animals Chess for Kids by Kids activities designer Rodrigo Macias

Pawn – Monkey: Because they are tiny and big in number.

Rook – Elephant: So the kids can relate its’ weight with the heaviness of a solid tower.

Knight – Zebra: So the kids can easily make the relation with the traditional Knight (horse-shaped) chess piece.

Bishop – Snake: The design was based on a Black Mamba because of the way it moves, and also because I’m a fan of Tarantino’s Kill Bill ?.

King – Lion: By popular demand (I wonder why!).

Queen – Giraffe: This was the second choice by popular demand, but I thought it was better than a female Lioness to show the kids that there is no problem at all with mixing races in couples.

 

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Upper / Lower Case Vowels Matching Games (free printable included)

Preschool level kids that speak either English, Spanish or French can use these as a fun learning practice for upper and lower case alphabet vowels. If your kid is bilingual, then you might find them ultra useful :) by kids activities designer Rodrigo Macias

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Fun alphabet matching game ideas to teach uppercase and lowercase vowels to preschool level kids that speak either English, Spanish, French or Italian.

Resources

Directions

01. Print a copy of printable A.

02. Cut the cards out of the page and then cut each in half.

03. Play matching those pics, which can be done in different ways depending on each child’s likes and skills, you can either:

  • Hide all the pieces around the room to make it a scavenger hunt / puzzle game.
  • Scramble all the pictures on the floor/table and let the kid find their own way to match them.
  • Put either the uppercase or lowercase parts in the right order (a-e-i-o-u) and let the kid find their match.

Game twists

  • Glue a magnet in the back of their designs so they can play on a metallic surface like the fridge.
  • Mount the pictures on cardboard (or print on thicker paper) and use them to play an alternative version of the classic memory game, where instead of looking to match two pictures of the same kind, they have to find the letter’s uppercase/lowercase match.

 

To download the flashcards, go here.

 

Multilingual Alphabet Poster for bilingual kids with illustrations of things that start with the same letter in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. By kids activities designer Rodrigo Macias

See the entire Multilingual Alphabet

 

 

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Free printables: What-do-you-see Abstract Paintings

Free printables set of digital paintings & ideas on how to use them for kids creativity games at http://boxofideas.uk/see - By Kids Activities Designer Rodrigo Macias

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I made these digital abstract paintings so they can be used as a free resource for kids creativity games.

They weren’t made with specific “hidden-shapes” in mind so the watchers can play with their imagination. So what do YOU see?

Activity using this printable:

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  1. Click below on “Download Printable”
  2. Mark $0 as the fair price and hit “I want this!”
  3. Enter any e-mail (it won’t subscribe you anywhere, for that go here)
  4. Click on “view product”
  5. Click on the “Download” button next to the “read” button to get your printables 🙂

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