Labor Day Box Town Craft

Cardboard Box Town

Cardboard Box Town

As with many holiday’s people don’t really know why they have the day off but they appreciate it nonetheless. I actually had no idea what labor day was for, I’ll admit it. So I asked Wikipedia because I thought we should all know.
Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (September 6 in 2010). The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.[1] It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[2] The September date was chosen as Cleveland was concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair.[3] All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

Now that we know what it means here is a chance to understand it the Beagle way! Here is your Labor Day mission if you choose to accept it!
Here is what you will need:
(you can use anything lying around your house to decorate your town, you don’t have to use all of these items either)
old boxes
old containers
construction paper
old magazines
paper tubes

Directions: You can design your town any way you like with any homes, businesses or decorations you would like. The only thing that is a must is you have to make your town as green as you can! Here are some tips to start your town off. Try making recycling plants, organic market, local stores! This could spark some great creative ideas.

To make buildings:
* Wrap up boxes and other empty containers with colored paper.
* Have an adult cut out doors if wanted.
* Use tissue tubes for chimneys.
* Decorate with windows, flower boxes, etc.
To make trees:
* Use a tissue paper tube for the trunk.
* Draw a green blob on stiff paper or cardboard for the leaf canopy and cut it out.
* Tape the green canopy to the tube.
To make roofs:
* Cut out a piece of corrugated cardboard.
* First measure the length of the upper edge of the front wall and add a couple of inches for an overhang.
*Then measure the width of the side wall, again adding an inch or so.
*Fold the cardboard to create the roof peak and glue it in place atop the building.
To make fences:
*For a fence, cut out a bunch of small corrugated cardboard pickets
* You an either glue them to the bottom surface of the town or
*Poke holes in the middle of each picket
* Then string them together with dental floss or twine.

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