The cave is here! The cave is here!
Finally, the little one gave us a break one evening to get the paintings finished. The girls had a lot of fun with this, and it's a nice change from the "big box house" activity. Once it's done, the kids can spend time in there telling stories around the "fire" (a big flashlight, of course) or taking shelter from storms. Here are the easy peasy directions:
First, find a big box.
(I can't help you with this one.
When you find one, don't let it go.)
Next, cut a bunch of paper lunch bags open along one side and the bottom. You need about a pack and a half of them ($1 a pack at The Dollar Tree) to cover the inside and the outside.
Crumple each bag good and tight, then open them up again.
Find a little person to crawl inside and tape them up. They might need a little help getting them started and learning how to overlap and conserve tape by taping pieces together, but they catch on pretty quickly, leaving you with plenty of time to do something else. :)
It will look something like this when you're done. Except without the big round hole in the back. Because caves don't have windows. This one used to be a house, and we didn't cover the window yet.
Find that little person again and give them some paint and a brush to paint some stories in the "firelight."
Enjoy your cave.