Last night, Noah and I assembled the second of the Creatology holiday foam houses that we bought at Michael's last weekend (the first was the 3D paper train craft kit) This foam house is the Creatology holiday “traditional house” 3D foam kit, but I would say the only thing that is traditional about it is the structure. The rest of the decoration very modern and festive!
These are the materials that you get with the kit. It comes with 99 pieces, some that interlock like puzzle pieces, and some that have a self-adhesive backing. The box says you need glue, but I was pleasantly suprised to find that we could use mini glue dots to complete this project! Other foam structures that we have assembled in the past did need a hot glue gun, which I prefer not to use around my little ones.
Noah was extremely into putting this house together. I'm an engineer by degree, so he must have gotten some of my genes. I was extremely impressed with how well this house was engineered and how well the pieces fit together.
I also loved how the foam pieces themselves helped me talk to Noah about shapes (this is a square, this piece is a triangle) and everyday objects (this is a window, this is a door). He already knows what these things are, but I am big on repetition and speech stimulation for my kids – especially in the 0-3 range.
Here are some shots of the finished house and the assembly process. The only other supplies, aside from glue dots, we needed were a toothpick to punch out the pre-cut holes in the foam pieces and some scissors to cut out off the excess shingle pieces and snow drifts.
The only pieces that needed glue dots were the pre-printed Santa, wreath, bows, and some parts of the tree.
I really did love how colorful this holiday foam house was, and how sturdy it is. My kids love characters (any, really!), so the Santa on this house was a nice touch for them!
Our kids woke up this morning to find a little visitor on their house! Our elf on the shelf is always looking for festive places to appear every morning. 🙂
Have you put any of the Michael's foam houses together? I am looking forward to putting together the third house with my kiddos!