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recycled cardboard city kids crafts

Building your own cardboard model city is a fantastic project to keep the kids occupied during the school holidays or over a rainy weekend. We love doing craft projects where you use recycled materials to create your own toys. It is not only cost effective and sustainable but also fantastic for extending the play of other toys like cars, diggers, dolls or soft toys, who now have a new city to inhabit! This project is fantastically open-ended, just let your children's imaginations run wild creating their own imaginary city.


  • Cardboard - we used some old packing boxes
  • Marker pens
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Sticky or masking tape


First my 5yr old began by drawing out all the different components he wanted in his city which included roads, stop signs, zebra crossings, houses, sky scrapers, roundabouts and trees.

kids drawings of a city on cardboard

I then helped him to cut out all the pieces using scissors and a craft knife, the thick cardboard was a little tricky for him to cut.

recycled cardboard model city kids craft project

I then made cross section stands so all the buildings and trees could stand up. He then began to assemble his city joining sections of road together using tape.

child playing with recycled cardboard city

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If you love making things with cardboard boxes, you might like UNBOXED; our new kids craft book all about the creative adventures you can have with cardboard boxes!


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This e-book includes 20 awesome art & craft projects to make at home using items from from your household recycling and a few simple craft supplies. The book includes a selection of art projects, DIY toys and fun crafts, there is something for everyone.


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