It Takes a Village

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One of the first things we did this summer was spend a morning building a village out of masking tape.

Masking Tape Village

We created a bakery, a truck garage, a hospital, a grocery store, a school – and of course – a landfill.

It took us hours.

Everyone pitched in. I laid the masking tape.

Boys in Masking Tape Village

Miles cut buildings out of construction paper and put them in the designated areas.

Alice decorated the “roads” with stickers.

Masking Tape Village Landfill

And Simon oversaw all of the village construction.

It lasted for nearly four weeks! That’s four entire weeks of fun (mostly for Miles).

My mom was very concerned that the masking tape wouldn’t come off the floor – but it came up very easily!

I lobbied hard to build a Target store in the village, but no one was interested.


  1. Paige Kellerman

    June 28, 2012 at 7:33 am

    If there wasn’t a Target, was there a Walmart? I hear towns die if there’s not at least one or the other. That, or no one in the city has a discounted make-shift…just me?

  2. Trinity Belt

    June 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I am so amazed. You made this just for your kids. So, really big. I couldn’t make this one.

  3. maggie

    June 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I think Even Steven and I would like a bike shop!

  4. GinaE

    June 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I don’t have little kids, but if I did, I would copy this in a heartbeat. You are just such a creative and fun Mom, Anna! As the mayor of the village, you should have gotten your Target!

  5. Jeri

    June 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    You are a good mom, that mess would have made me crazy after one day!

  6. Leah

    June 28, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    that looks awesome! we may have to try that. with painter’s tape (our floors are pretty new – think my husband would have a heart attack and die if I used masking tape). 🙂 lol

  7. Motherhood on the Rocks

    June 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Totally a Target! Love Target!

  8. How cool!

    If I was to do that right now, my 2 year old would rip off all the masking tape.

    We tried laying some down in the kitchen to give us an idea where to put a center island in and he wouldn’t stop taking off the tape!

  9. anna

    June 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    that’s awesome. i might have to try a version with duck tape, but that might be harder to get up from the floor.

  10. Britanny Ford

    June 30, 2012 at 6:51 am

    It really takes a village to make this one. I don’t have enough space for this in my house. It takes very big space.

  11. MiMi Dibble

    July 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Super cute idea! My kids would have loved this when they were younger.

  12. Jenny Kier

    July 11, 2012 at 2:43 am

    My kids would surely love to have this one at home. How could you make this one? Did you hire someone to make it?

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  14. Mrs. West

    August 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I love the masking tape village!! I’ve seen something similar done with Sharpie on a shower curtain. Definitely something I can bring into the classroom.

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  16. Andrey

    January 4, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Oh no! Did your mirror ralley crack? (I’m going to feel ralley stupid if that’s just part of your halloween motif)Also, my mom has the COOLEST Halloween candles. You’d be obsessed. I’ll to have her send me pics and I’ll show you.Can’t wait to see your spooky place in person! : )

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