The idea is simple. Paint some paper bags two different colors for a roof and the building. They set up in our playroom and had several bags turned out in no time. We had a whole bunch of paper bags and a bunch of craft paint left over from other projects that we were able to use. This was also a reason I suggested it!
Next, draw on the bags to make the windows, doors, and signs. Or you can paint them on as my daughter did with some of them.
Something we added to make sure they stood up was stuff each one with a plastic bag before we stapled them closed at the top.
Pretty soon we had a candy store, costume store, hospital, and several houses.
Another thing we added was the base for the town. I had a $1 white plastic tablecloth laying around. We pulled in one of our folding tables from the garage and covered it with the tablecloth. Then my daughter drew roads, trees, and a pond on it. Then they set up all the bags in the town.
Kat Kong invades the city!
Future city planner
Then it was time to bring down all the Littlest Pets and Nintendo guys to set up house.
In our house, Nintendo figures have had to coexist with Littlest Pet Shop Pets and Polly Pocket. It makes for an interesting world.
I wondered if my kids would be too old for this. They're not and I'm glad. They spent several hours putting this all together while I was upstairs making dinner and writing. I only went downstairs to snap a few pictures as they progressed. We've left it up all week, and they've been down to play with it on and off. This is exactly the kind of thing they need to be doing. As I type this post, my daughter came up and asked me where the Sharpies are. They're adding a hotel! Childhood is so short. No need to hurry it along.