Lately I've been fascinated with paper crafts.
In my searching I found this web site Paper Models
My kids and grandkids have enjoyed making things out of paper and cardboard.
Last week I ran across this site with free pdf downloads. At first I was hesitant because the entire site including assembly instructions are in japanese.
I have since downloaded and printed several of the rooms and they are amazing. The colors are clear and bright. I used the photos on the website to see how to assemble each room.
When you visit the website - click on the photos and look for the letters PDF to download.
The rooms come with everything you see in the pictures and it's completely free.
Here is just a sample of what you'll find. This is a perfect activity for 8 to 11 year old kids to do on their own or younger children with a parent's help.
To preserve printer ink I downloaded the pdf files to my computer then saved them on a USB flash drive. Then I took the flash drive to a printing store (such as Fed Ex Kinkos) and had them print the pages onto cardstock. Each room cost between $3 and $5. You could also email the files to the print store.
You will also need scissors, an exacto knife, tape or glue.
Here is a completed room I found on flickr to give you an idea of the sizing.
Here is the link