Last week I got to go on a field trip with my daughter’s kindergarten class. We took a tour around our local city and it was so much fun. We took a trolley to City Hall, the library, and saw a few other special things along the way. Gigi’s been super excited to know more about her city, which lead to this easy art project for kids…make your own city!
Not only is this project super easy, it’s fun for a mix of ages and the best part, it’s no mess. I promise you. Keep reading to see what I mean.
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white Foam Board aka foam core
Kwikstix paint markers
1. Talk about your local city and how you can make your own city. An adult can cut out houses, buildings, cars, trees, etc. from the foam board. Foam board is easy to cut with an exacto knife but we didn’t have one so I just cut it with a regular adult scissor. It was a little awkward but when you’re going in straight lines it’s not bad.
2. Once you have your buildings cut out, use these awesome paint markers, called Kwikstix, to paint in your city. We LOVE them. Kwikstix are no mess paint markers that dry in a minute, literally. It’s so awesome. No water. No brushes. No mess. Seriously, if you’re not into the whole paint set up/clean up thing, these are amazing. I really think you’ll love them and the colors are great. Anyway, paint in your city. My girls were way into this part, making all kinds of patterns and designs on each one. They kept asking me to cut more houses.
3. Then with a black marker we started adding details, like the names of the buildings. We also added people to the windows and little details here and there. You could do this part first and then go in and use the paint markers. Anything goes when making your own city. Just get into it. You could even take your own mini field trip first or put out city maps as inspiration.
Once we had all the buildings we wanted I used some rolled masking tape on the back of each building and stuck them to the wall. Gigi wanted to put buildings behind buildings to show perspective. I was super impressed with that one, especially since she definitely didn’t learn that from me. Go kindergarten.
I’m so digging our handmade city. What do you think? The only thing it’s missing is a name, and maybe some trees. We’ll see if we can continue with it.
If you don’t want to tape yours to the wall you can put it on a poster board and it would look great. A mini version would be super fun too.
If you want to see another way we used these markers, check out this post about personalized art. Thanks for reading along and happy making. xo, Meri
This post is sponsored by Kwikstix but all my opinions are my own.
Beautiful !!. Reminds me of James Rizzi paintings