I painted the wood circle gray, and the two blocks red / brown mixture. Then I drew on the lines for the bricks with an ink tip pen. I colored the cotton with sharpie markers for the fire, and colored the wooden boxes and barrels. I also cut the ends off of the popsicle sticks to make the pile of wood the man is sitting on.
I thought of using the blocks as a backdrop of some kind, and the wooden circle for a base. It looked like an alleyway, so I thought I would create an alleyway scene of a homeless man with a fire but nothing to eat. The wooden bowl piece provided with the set, being the catalyst for that idea.