I bought lots of 12″ cardboard squares from my local box company, and precut the panels so all the kids had to do in the first class was tape, tape, tape. They loved it! I had a room full of kinder through 3rd graders who happily assembled their houses for a full 45 minutes.
My diagram for how I made the most effective use of all my 12″ cardboard squares is shown. For the curious, I paid about 30¢ per panel, and used about 3 for each student.
Next week, I will have lots of scrapbook paper cut to size so students can easily wallpaper the background. Can’t wait to see it, check back for more details.