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Ideas For Family Activities With Carton Models

Paper and card models have the uncanny ability to bring families together.

A Collection Of Ideas For Family Activities With Carton Models

Family Home Evenings – Everyone can get involved making card villages that can be organized into a diorama or organized (quite often chaotically) on the floor into play villages.

Making these fantasy villages draws out a lot of creativity from young minds and makes for a lot of family fun.

When used on the floor, they will get stepped on, sat on and otherwise crushed. But being card, the cost to replace them is nothing more than the cost of the card or another cereal box.

Small Farm Diorama
Small Farm Diorama

If you have a kids floor play mat or floor train layout. making the models becomes more important to the kids and really keeps them involved. Houses, Buildings And Train Stations are at Dioramas  and Carton Built Models

Girls are most often interested in making small dioramas and decorating them with paper flowers and trees.  You can see a selection here.   The small farm diorama is very popular and used both by families and at group events. More about it is at  Dioramas




Grandparents And Kids – Keeping the kids occupied can sometimes be a bit difficult.

But either getting the kids started on making models themselves and checking on them every now and then or sitting with them and spending some quality time with them makes life a lot more pleasant.

This is so easy to do.  The three images below show a 4 and a 6 year old almost entirely self entertained. Of course, one can get closely involved.  This shows you, however the flexibility that you have.









Dads With Train Layouts – Train layouts can be expensive and complex. And dads can get so involved in their layouts that the kids can get the feeling of being left out.

A simple solution is to set up a small work area where the kids can make simple models. As a next step, the models can be used by the kids for their own simple starter set. That can be an easily stored floor layout.

No matter how you approach it, you will bring the kids closer and you will both have more enjoyment during their fast disappearing younger years.


Dioramas – Making dioramas is extremely popular. They can be as small as a table centerpiece to a Christmas Village to be put under the holiday tree. Everyone can get involved in this.

The Christmas village to the left can be lighted, Christmas Carols added and a fire lit in the stone pit.

The snow is shaving cream and corn starch.  We show you how to make that.

You can get the village qt Dioramas.







Third Party Family Support

If you are interested in helping children bind with their families, carton models are an excellent tool.  You can do this at your school, community center, church or any other location where you can get your families together.

If you have an event to be attended by families, a couple tables like these with card models can a bit more to keep the kids (young and old) occupied.


family at modeling table family modeling activity

Having reviewed all of this, you can get the details about various options at at Dioramas  and Carton Built Models . You are invited to go there now.

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