DIY a portable dollhouse out of stuff you'd probably throw away

My five-year-old and I made this awesome dollhouse out of scraps: an old box for the building itself, and carpet, fabric, and tile samples. My son Noah's own drawings framed in old slide holders. Paper attached and coated with Modge Podge served as the wallpaper, and glue sticks and a wood veneer sample for the kitchen table (affixed with wood glue). A sunscreen bottle cap became the toilet (it opens and closes!), and a sponge covered in fabric for the bed. It turns out poker chips are perfectly sized doll plates, and you can make tiny stools out of wooden thread spools.


How can we create a kid-friendly zone in a small city apartment?

K has already said that he will miss his backyard mud kitchen, and I don't blame him. First of all: MUD! GLORIOUS MUD! Secondly, there is a lot of "No" in the life of a little kid. K's mud kitchen is his world of "Yes!" He can make all of the mess he wants and experiment to his heart's content without anyone fussing about set-up or clean-up or telling him what to do. Now he won't have a back yard, so no more mud kitchen for him.