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Here’s a project you might like to do in the holidays.


These miniature wooden houses are made from scraps of pine timber which we picked up from Reverse Art in Ringwood.


We painted them with craft paint, each side a different colour, and using a small brush dabbed roof tiles on the sloped top.  We painted a variety of shapes for the windows and doors with the black detail being added later with permanent markers.


The children enjoy these little houses everywhere at kinder …


in all kinds of imaginative play spaces  …


… where ever their imaginations take them.


We also use them to jazz up other areas around the room.


They make terrific little props!

Ask builder parents for ‘dressed pine timber’ off cuts then sand the rough edges to avoid splinters!

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10 Responses to “make it irresistible – create miniature houses”

  1. Jenny says:

    I love them – so many places to use them too. I’ll definately be putting this on my ‘to do list’ for this year.

  2. Hi,
    I’ve just found your site via Jenny’s – so many brilliant ideas here! Well done in creating such a fantastic blog, thanks for sharing!

  3. Catherine says:

    I love this idea so much! What a great tool for imagination. I also noticed the little timber cut off branches with what look like thin flat timber platforms and steps on them. What are they? Did you make it? It looks really interesting. It is in the photo of the stacked houses with Yoshi on top.

    ::: Catherine that’s our tree house you can see how we made it through this link! 🙂 🙂 http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2010/05/make-it-irresistible-with-a-tree-house/

  4. Bo Patterson says:

    Can you tell me where you got the rainbow that is in the first shot ?

  5. Jacquie says:

    I’ve just made some! I had to search back through your site to find the pics last week and now I have 4 houses ready to start the year with more planned. 🙂

    ::: Oh good on you Jackie! Send us some pictures so we can share them. You might inspire more people to have a go! 🙂 🙂

  6. mamapoekie says:

    Amazing! Sharing!

    ::: Thank you Mamapoekie! 🙂 🙂

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  8. I love these. Nice to find you. Blessings, Chandi

  9. These are great. So happy to have found you.
    Blessings, Chandi

    ::: Thanks Chandi … and welcome on board! 🙂 🙂

  10. Brenda says:

    Hi girls,
    i love these and are about to make a set for the classroom. Did you varnish/coat them in anything to protect the paint work?
    Many thanks

    ::: Brenda, we did varnish ours to protect them from the rain but when the children later made their own we simply used our regular paint and no varnish was applied. Of course that means the paint eventually washes off outside BUT then they simply get to paint them again! 🙂 🙂