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Homemade Toy Town
By Deborah Shelton

With a few items found around the house, and a little
imagination, you can make your very own toy town. Once your
town is built, fill it with your favorite dolls and toy
cars.

1. Yarn: Use yarn to outline streets for toy cars. Roads
can be as straight or as winding as you'd like.

2. Pinecones: "Plant" these trees along the edges of a
street or in a park area.

3. Cardboard Tubes: Form toll bridges and tunnels with
these easy-to-find tubes.

4. Tin Foil: Create lakes and rivers with flat pieces of
tin foil.

5. Cardboard Boxes: Make buildings such as schools, banks
and churches from small cardboard boxes.

6. Magazine Cut-Outs: Glue pictures from magazines onto
small cardboard boxes to represent the type of buildings in
the town. For example, glue a picture of a store or school
onto a box.

7. Thread Spools: Set these in a park area, to use as
tables.

8. Cotton Balls: Turn your town into a winter wonderland
with fluffy puffs of cotton.

9. Popsicle Sticks: Great materials for building fences and
bridges.

10. Kitchen Scale: Bring into play a small kitchen scale to
use as a weigh station for the cars.

About the Author

Deborah Shelton is a mother, a freelance writer, and author
of the brand new book, "The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast
Activities for You and Your Little Ones." Visit Deborah's
website for more fun ideas and book ordering information:
http://www.fiveminuteparent.com

Deborah Shelton