We’re back in the woods today with some Stella the Fairy fun, and building a woodland home as part of our storybook summer. Today I’m welcoming Sue from One Time through to share this fun activity for the kids bringing the book alive.
I am thrilled to be here on Rainy Day Mum today to tell you about a really fun activity that I did in a local park recently with my son and his friend.
After reading the hilarious picture book, “Stella: Fairy of the Forest” we got inspired to visit our local plot of the woods and create our own stick “Forest Home” – just like the characters. Check out the awesome fort we made – and learn how you can make a stick forest home with your kids too for an afternoon they’ll never forget!
Before venturing out into the woods, you will want to start by reading “Stella: Fairy of the Forest” by Marie-Louise Gay.
The story follows an adventurous big sister (Stella) and her curious brother (Sam) who both love to explore the outdoors and use their imaginations.
Sam is full of questions, and Stella always seems to have the answer (even when she really doesn’t). You will join your child laughing as you read along on their journey through a farmyard and field and into the woods on a search for the ever-elusive forest fairies.
At the end of the book, Stella and Sam decide to make a “forest home” out of “branches and ferns” so they can “sleep on a bed of moss.”
It sounds delightful! And my son immediately asked if we could make a forest home too. And so OUR journey began!
What You Will Need to build a forest home
- outdoor clothing and hats
- protective gloves for little hands
- a local forest that has lots of sticks on the ground
Our Forest Home Adventure
When we got to our local plot of forest, we were excited to see that others had been building forest homes in this area too. My son decided to check out all the other forts first to get ideas.
We found teepee style homes, lean to’s, and tent-style stick homes.
To begin, my son and his friend decided to find the best spot for their home. They ended up choosing a flat area beside a large boulder, with a stream running close by. Their plan was to lean a bunch of big sticks against the trunk of a large tree to make a teepee.
And so the stick-collecting and building began! After finding a particularly large branch, the boys decided they wanted to add a long lean-to extension.
After lots more stick hunting and building (and a little help from two moms!), the boys had a fairly large and stable structure. We then began looking for branches with leaves to fill in the cracks. We decided not to use ferns like in Stella, because we didn’t want to pick living plants.
After about an hour and a half, the boys were exhilarated and exhausted! We took some time to hang out inside our new “home” and have a snack.
My favourite part of this activity was that it allowed the boys to get outside, be active, and get up and close with Mother nature!
It was a wonderful cooperative activity because the boys had to do a lot of negotiating and compromising, and yet they had a TON of FUN! They also learned so much about structures and stability throughout the process of designing and building.
I hope you’ll give this activity a try with your kids!
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Biography: Sue is a mom, teacher and librarian, who is addicted to collecting kids’ picture books. You can find her blogging about hands-on learning activities and positive parenting strategies at One Time Through. She is also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.