Create a Cardboard Toy Hotel

Cardboard Toy Hotel

Post by Contributing Writer Kim of Life Over C’s


One of the things that I love most about homeschooling is how easy it is for kids to explore their own interests and show their understanding of things. And I love that they can do both of those things in whatever creative manner they desire. Two of my daughters decided to create a cardboard hotel for toys over the last few weeks and I’m excited to share it with you. This is not a tutorial on how to create a cardboard hotel, just a bit of inspiration to help your kids explore their interests wherever that may lead them.

My kids have full-access to our craft materials within reason. I do not let the youngest ones use hot glue guns, but my older two are pretty trust-worthy and have practiced a lot!


In this craft you can see that they used craft sticks, paper straws, duct tape, tissue paper, cotton balls, a lot of hot glue and various other crafting materials. It doesn’t matter what materials you have on hand, I’m sure that your child can imagine them into something wonderful.




It always amazes me how a child can see something as simple as a cardboard box and bring their imagination into real life with a project like this.


Because we have traveled a lot, my kids have lots of experience with various hotels and guest rooms. I loved how they brought that knowledge to their project with some extra fun added in!


One home that we visited had a Murphy bed and in the interest of saving space in their little hotel, they created one for their toys.




They even created a way for it to stay latched at the top when it was raised.




No hotel would be complete without some outdoor dining space.




And for a little fun they added a Tikki Hut.




They also added a sun deck hanging off the side of the hotel complete with a rain guard.




But what really impressed me the most, was the careful planning that went into creating the stairs to go to the upper floor of the hotel. It provided the girls hands-on experience with the need for support beams.




They have spent weeks playing with a simple (not so simple anymore!) cardboard box! Who would have thought that a cardboard box could be so amazing!


What amazing things have your kids created lately? We’d love to hear about it!





kimKim is a work at home mom of four awesome daughters {12, 10, 7 year olds and a special needs 4 year old}. She is wrapping up her 7th year of homeschooling and, before recently returning to the States, lived overseas for 9 years. Kim shares free printables and educational activities over at Life Over C’s



  1. Wow! That is an amazing hotel! I am making a hotel too for a project using cardboard boxes. I was looking for ideas, and this inspired me to make a rooftop! Thanks!

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