Shoeboxes, one per child
1. Give each child a shoebox.
2. Have the children plan what buildings and sites they would like to include in the community
that they will create in the shoebox.
3. Provide the children with construction paper, scissors, markers, and glue so that they may cut
out buildings, trees, landmarks, etc., decorate them, and glue them in their boxes.
4. Show the children how to fold the bottoms of their cutouts to form a “lip” with which to glue
them to the inside of the boxes.
More to do
Field trip: Go on a walking tour of your community. Visit places such as the local bakery, police
station, fire station, and doctor’s office.
Social studies: Have the class work together to make a map of the community or neighborhood.
Let the children draw streets, buildings, and parks. Encourage them to add their homes to the