Card Village

Age Range: 5 - 10 years
Time Required: 20 minutes or for as long as you like
Fundamental: World Guiding

Get those fingers working. Use thin card to create your own village and decorate away!

Materials Needed

  • A piece of card for each house
  • Small pieces of sticky tape
  • Spare paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloured pencils
  • Lead pencil
  • Ruler


  1. Measure & cut out a square of card. Fold this card in half very carefully. Open out and then fold each edge to the fold in the centre and open out again. Turn the square round and fold it in half, and then sides to middle again and open out. Now your card should have creases making 16 small squares.
  2. Make three cuts along the crease on one side, up to the first crease. Turn the card round and do the same on the opposite side. Write ‘A’ on the four corner squares, and a ‘B’ on the four middle ones.
  3. Fold the card in the centre, and by pulling one ‘B’ flap over the other ‘B’ flap you will make the roof. When they are exactly over one another, glue them together.
  4. To make the walls pull ‘A’ and ‘A’ together, and when the top edges lie straight, glue them where they overlap each other. Then glue them to the lower part of the roof at point ‘X’.
  5. Do the same for the other end of your house.
  6. For the door, cut up a little way and then across, bend it a bit like an open door. Draw on the windows or cut them out of paper and stick them on.
  7. Cut a strip of Paper for the chimney, fold it in half and in half again.
  8. Stick your chimney on, do any painting or colouring needed and your house is ready.
  9. Make more houses to create a village.

As a Girl Guide, How Can I Lead This Activity?

Decorate your house like your Guide Hall

As a Unit Leader, How Can I Make This Activity Girl Led?

Suggest other card making activities.

As a Unit, how can we make sure everyone is included?

Make a village as a Unit; shop, church, post office...

Follow Up Questions and Reflections

What can we do differently next time?
What other activities could you do with your new skills?
How did it make you feel?
What did you like or dislike?
What did you learn?

Activity source and acknowledgements

Things to make from thin card No 2. By Rosalie Brown (1978)


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