One kidlet has to create 4, yes FOUR, 3 D visuals of 4 different type of period housing for his social studies class. Older 2 kids didn't have this new project, which can easily translate into dropping $100 if not more at a shop like Michel's for craft supplies.
Instead, we brainstormed how to do this, deciding on a box with each side depicting the period structure needed. We then decided what components needed to be on each side, then brainstormed how to create these.
Next step: check for on hand craft supplies, then create a list of needs to complete this project. Paint, sponge paint brushes, popsicle sticks, baking clay, green moss "grass", etc were purchased at WM-not my favorite store, but we had to go there anyway to pick up generic antihistamine for DD. I estimate that we spent about $30 for this project.