Here’s a great activity for kids (or adults) on a rainy day: design and build your own city! We did just this during Tuesday’s storytime.
We read Mattland by Hazel Hutchins. This is a wonderful story about a young boy who is fed up with moving to new towns. He decides to create his own little town in the muddy yard outside his house. What begins as a solitary activity becomes a group effort as neighbor children pitch in and lend a hand. This book provides a great example of channeling negative emotions (Matt is frustrated about moving, he feels lonely and out of place) into something creative and positive (his own town and new friends to play with).
I wish we could have made our own cities outside, like Matt, but the rainy weather definitely called for an indoor activity. We used a cereal box for the base, decorated with Dot-Art dobbers (very similar to bingo dobbers) and thin, colored masking tape. We used small boxes for buildings. This is a great craft to reuse random items around the house.
Here are some of the finished projects from our “Build a City” storytime: