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Simple bear (or doll) house

decorating houses

I bought some fruit leather to bring as plane food on our trip, and then kept the kids busy turning the boxes into houses while I packed. I took the boxes apart, drew outlines of windows and doors, and then set the kids loose with the crayons. Which could have been really exciting, but wasn’t particularly due to my children’s minimalist bend when it comes to decorating.

So, I put packing on hold long enough to help them cut out the doors and windows, and then we taped the boxes together and they played with them while I finished packing!

playing with simple cardboard houses

Johnny thinks that if you wear a princess dress backwards it becomes prince clothes. Can you see the famous green bear that came along on our trip (and has been on many an adventure since we got home)? I guess this is where it all started…

If you want a house that looks more like an actual house, check out this post at 4 Crazy Kings! I’m linking this post to ABC & 123‘s “Show and Tell” blog hop:
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MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

14 thoughts on “Simple bear (or doll) house”

  1. George @ Dollhouses For Girls

    Not long ago I found out that a dollhouse is the perfect gift for each little girl. In February I bought one for my Alice (3 years old) and she spends 2-3 hours each day playing house. I strongly recommend buying a dollhouse ! They come in different shapes and sizes and children love them . Quality & educational toys.

  2. hahaha That’s so cute how he does that. I want a boy!! lol Ohh and those houses look like so much fun! Thanks for the fun link!
    .-= Tara Bucci´s last blog ..LeSportsac Erika Tote $68 =-.

  3. You know it is funny sometimes the things you think will entertain them for hours, often last only a few minutes. But then things that you think will take only a few minutes, can sometimes last for hours. I regularly find this, as a teacher, and it can throw a spanner in the works, you have to be rather flexible.
    .-= Excuse Me Mrs C!´s last blog ..Show & Tell- Floor sized Graphing =-.

  4. What a great theory Johnny has come up with. Little boys with big sisters seem to have so many tempting dress ups at their disposal. My little boy can often be seen sporting a pair of pink fairy wings and his construction hat!

    I make sure we have a supply of boxes on hand – perfect for making all kinds of houses.
    .-= Elise´s last blog ..7 weeks and 2 days =-.

  5. Love Johnny’s dress. Too funny about minimalist decor – this is what happens here often too :)
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Science Sunday – Dinosaur Teeth =-.

  6. Thanks for the link!

    I think he looks like a young King Arthur! My daughter would love your son since her younger sis does not like playing dress up at all. I have found the younger one screaming NO! in tears with a tutu being forced on her by her older sister.
    .-= mama king´s last blog ..Finding Community =-.

  7. Elisa | blissfulE

    Johnny owns that look! Fantastic.

    You’re such a great mom, pausing in packing to make little houses. This is an important post documenting Green Bear’s entrance into your lives. :)
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..around and around and around we go =-.

  8. It’s always fun to see what can be done with boxes. We joke that next Christmas we’re giving our girls boxes and cat toys… some of their favorite things to play with!
    .-= Quadmama´s last blog ..The Laundry Quandry =-.

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