Children will consider scale, form, and function as they design and build tiny furniture to adorn the interior of miniature homes.
- Various recycled materials including plastic, wood, tile, fabric, foam, and paper
- Masking tape
- Bought or created tiny house (e.g. a purchased dollhouse, combined shoeboxes, or foam core used to create a tiny house)
- Purchase, find, or create your own tiny house.
- Collect a variety of recycled materials for children to use to create their miniature furniture (e.g. cardboard scraps, colorful paper, yarn, fabric, or tile scraps). Sort and display the materials neatly.
- Invite children to design their own furniture to fit inside the tiny house. Help them brainstorm what types of furniture the house and its inhabitants might need.
- Encourage children to add their furniture to the collaborative houses.
- Children may engage in imaginary play as they arrange the houses and imagine/create people to occupy the houses.
- Create a few model pieces of furniture on your own to begin furnishing the house.
- If working on this project for multiple days in a public space, curate the furniture in the house by keeping a few pieces of furniture each night and creating additional space for new children to add their furniture to each day.
- In a classroom or camp setting, extend this activity by creating a narrative to accompany the tiny house, its furniture, and its inhabitants. Try a storytelling exercise or write a group book, imagining what might be happening inside the house.