Last week, my kiddos and I used the book Lentil for our literature-based study. What fun!
I’ll have a post up in future weeks detailing all of the fun activities and printables we used during our Lentil week.
But the Build Your Own Town printables?
Oh I just couldn’t keep it to myself any longer!
Lentil – Small Town Life
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The setting of Lentil is a small town, including many of the regular features of small town life: a library, the school, a church, Main Street, a few back alleys, and more.
I was browsing through Pinterest one night and came upon a mom who drew a small town for her kiddos on a shower curtain.
I thought that would be a perfect activity to go along with our Lentil week!
Since I am not very good at drawing, I decided to make a printable town instead.
How to Build Your Own Town
To make your own town, you’ll need the following supplies:
- A white shower curtain liner
- A Sharpie (I used black)
- Match box cars (not necessary, but fun)
- Mama’s free Build Your Own Town printables (find them at the bottom of this post)
After downloading the file at the end of this post, print the pieces on white cardstock.
If you print the pieces on plain white paper, they won’t last very long, so cardstock is the way to go.
After printing, spend a few minutes cutting out the pieces your kiddos would like to use in their town. Simply cut along the gray lines.
This is great scissor skills practice if you have younger children!
Next, color each of the buildings and bushes as desired.
Then draw “roads” on your shower curtain. I highly suggest that mom does this part. 😉
Since Lentil is based in town (not out in the country), I created city blocks.
Now for the fun part – build the town!
There are lots of big decisions to make: should the police station be near the school? Where should the library go? Will the hotel be in the center of the city or on the outskirts?
After arranging your town buildings, find all of the Little People, match box cars, doll house furniture, and any other items that would make this town even more exciting!
Your children’s imaginations will run wild with all of the possibilities!
Even though it took up an enormous amount of floor space (our whole school room floor – which isn’t very big to start with!), I left our shower curtain town on the floor for the whole week we read Lentil.
The kids would sit and play in the town for 10 minutes (or an hour!) and then sit again later for awhile and drive cars from building to building.
We had so much fun building our own town. I hope you do too!
Click the image to add Build Your Own Town printables to your cart:
The clipart in this printable packet was purchased from Poppydreamz Digital Art and Teacher Laura.
The copyright of the graphics remains with the artist and you are not allowed to use this clipart for any reason. Clipart used with permission.
What an adorable idea!
Thanks, Gwen! I appreciate you stopping by today. 🙂
Did you attach the buildings to the shower curtain in any way? Or were they just able to slide them around as they like? I’m looking to make one that my 2 year old and my 10 year old could take turns playing and I’m sure the 2 year old would mess everything up. But I’m like you…no way could I draw that stuff right on there! Thank you so much for these printables! They are so cute!
Wow, what a cute idea! My boys love to colour and cut. This will be something fun to do for each of them while I work with their brothers.
Thank you very much for sharing!
I am so glad your boys will be able to use it, Jennifer! This is just a perfect stuck inside activity on a rainy day.
Enjoy and thank you for stopping by today!