Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day Playdate - TP roll Log Cabin

We had friends over today and since Chiquita has a hard time having friends play with her toys, I decided a few crafts were on order!

We started by coloring these cute mini books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln from  They were super easy to assemble, just fold the "hamburger" way and then the "hotdog" way (did you guys learn folding like that) and the little book is done.

Then they played with toys for a while.  When the whining started I brought out the next craft - log cabins, just like Abraham Lincoln supposedly grew up in. I prepped a model beforehand 1. So they would know what we were trying to make. 2. To make sure my idea actually worked.

I just drew a super simple outline of a house on a piece of paper.  Then I cut up a tp roll long-ways to make the "logs".

For the model I just placed them on the paper, adding smaller pieces for the roof, chimney and laying a few together vertically for a door.   I dumped the "logs" off the model and gave it to Chiquita since she hasn't mastered scissors yet.

I helped the rest of the kids cut up logs and we all glued them down on our cabins.  Some ended up looking more cabin-y than others but everyone had a lot of fun.


  1. I love the way your log cabin turned out and no I never heard of folding the hamburger and the hotdog way - so cute!

  2. I love the TP roll log cabin!! Thanks so much for sharing my free Printable President's Day Mini Books. I'm sharing a link to your post on my facebook page.

  3. I love having crafts during playdates, and I love the log cabin! Awesome!

    1. I thought of you! I had structured "pre-school" activities before but I hadn't brought crafts into a less structured playdate before.

  4. What a cute idea for a log cabin! It sounds like you had a great Presidents' Day! I pinned your post to my Kids' Presidents' Day Activities Board at

  5. We do tons of activities connected with history so I pinned this for future reference. Thanks for the great idea.

  6. Cute log cabin!

    Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!