I decided today would be the day we made the barn to house the sheep we made the other day . I figured that we’re going to need a home for all the animals we’re going to make this month anyway, so it made sense to make the barn today rather than wait until the weekend.

We started with a standard cardboard box turned upside down:

Then I got the paint ready. (You could use whatever you want, such as markers, stickers, stamps, but paint is what The Younger wanted to use) . I use an old veggie tray container from our grocery store to help keep the paints somewhat separated. It works great!

Then she got to work painting the side of her barn.

When it was done we set it out to dry for about 2 hours. After that, I cut off one of the inside flaps of the box to create the roof, cut out the barn door, and voila!

I had to use the cut out flap of the box to make the triangular-shaped roof. Otherwise, the two sides wouldn’t touch, and she was adamant that her barn needed a sloped roof. Alternately you could use construction paper, but I ran out…

Anyway, she had a great time playing in her barn! She used her Little People and the sheep we made last week, and she then decorated the front area with trees from our train set. She’s excited to do our pig tomorrow!

16 Responses to May is for… Barns

  1. May 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    You simply never run out of creative projects, do you? :)
    Hmmm, there’s an empty box lying around the house… Now I know what to do with it. Thanks :)

  2. May 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I do run out, LOL! Some days we just hang out and play with stuffed animals ;-)

  3. May 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Jenn, you have such creative ideas. I love it when moms let their kids do a project and don’t try to interfere and make it all perfect. You’re a rockin’ mom!

  4. May 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Awww, thank you so much, Erin! I’m trying so hard to keep her entertained yet get her ready for Kindergarten as well. It’s hard some days, but I wouldn’t change it :-)

  5. May 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Wow are you creative. My littlest one and I are watching Aladdin while I blog. Later though we’re going to Costco for a hot dog. Does that count? lol!

    • May 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Of course it does! Who can beat Costco AND a hot dog?! ;-)

  6. May 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I love the creativity. #voiceboks

  7. May 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    What a fantastic idea. It came out beautifully and I bet she was so proud. I outlined my child’s body on a cardboard box and he drew and colored in his clothes and features. It was so much fun.

    • May 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      I want to do something like that with her this summer!

  8. May 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    How great! What an awesome plan for a rainy day!

    • May 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you. We had a great time :-)

  9. May 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    What a great idea! I especially like the idea of using the veggie trays! Always great when we can reuse something so practically!

    Warmest regards,

    • May 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      I was happy to figure this out! I had the darn thing in my closet for months before I though of it, lol!

  10. May 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

    What a great idea turning the veggie tray into a paint try :) Love it! Wish my son would allow me to take pictures of him when we do our crafts lol. He hates camera’s so when we craft i’m not allowed to take pictures of him doing them lol.
    Thanks for stopping by, returning the favor :) Can’t wait to see more!

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      She gets sick of it sometimes and will roll her eyes at me. Usually though, she’s a ham :-)