This handsomely framed three-dimensional portrait is a must for any home. And if you want to portray your sweet little family as carrots, well why not?
We read All Kinds of Families! written by Mary Ann Hoberman, and illustrated by Marc Boutavant (Little, Brown, 2009). This beautifully illustrated picture book describes, through charming rhymes, the various kinds of families in the world. Not just mothers, fathers, brother and sisters either – forks, spoons, numbers, animals, plants, clouds…all kinds of families!
- 1 cardboard box
- Paper towel tubes and/or toilet paper tubes
- Brown poster board
- A selection of construction paper
- 1 pipe cleaner
- Scissors, glue, and tape for construction
- Markers for decorating
- Hot glue (optional)
There are 2 parts to this project – the family, and the frame. The family is basically toilet paper tubes and/or paper towel tubes decorated with construction paper and markers. The important thing is to measure the tubes inside the frame box before you start decorating them. Otherwise, your family might not fit inside the final frame!
The frame is a box cut down to 2″ deep. We decorated the back of our frame with patterned paper (but you can also have kids draw the background on with markers). Next, we offered different brown poster board shapes to glue around the edges of the box:
To hang the frame, twist a pipe cleaner into a loop, then attach it to the top of the box with tape. Want to make it extra secure? Cut a slit in the top of the box, thread the pipe cleaner ends through the slit, then tape them to the interior top of the frame. Here’s a shot of our frame from the back, hanging loop in place:
Hang your frame in your favorite room of the house, place your little family inside it, and feel the love!