There's something magical about sitting down with your children during weekend arts and crafts time. It's the perfect opportunity for stories, creativity and inevitably, a whole lot of mess.

These adorable paper houses and store fronts will help you deliver the same soothing creative time without any of the paint or pencil marks. The paper projects can be downloaded for free from Paperm. The site is Japanese, but just click the designs you like and select the colorful PDF link. You'll need clear tape and scissors to assemble the little structures.