The children began the building process with a sanding session. They needed to rough up the gloss of the printing so that the tempera paint would hold. Then they applied two coats of tempera. A glue wash over the entire box held the doors and windows cut from home and architectural magazines. The final stage was to cut the corners or tops off the left-over boxes to make the roofs, although one builder wanted a curved roof and for that we cut up an oatmeal box. These cuts were made by me. The roofs were attached to the buildings with tape by the children.
The final step in the construction portion was to glue shingle pieces on to the roofs.
Tip of the day: I used our giant IKEA recycled shopping bag to store the works in progress. This allowed us to move the collection from room to room as the children moved through the space.