Playful Parenting: Bringing Play to Every Day

Playful Parenting: Bringing Play to Every Day

Build a Gnome Home

Spark your child’s imagination and creative thinking skills by building a whimsical gnome home. Make a single home or an entire village. For some bonus fun, build your gnome home outside in a lush patch of greenery or in the crannies of a tree trunk to make it even more magical.

What You’ll Need:

  • Craft glue
  • Twigs, acorns, leaves, moss, pinecones, pebbles or anything else you find outside
  • Buttons, cloth scraps, glitter and little shiny things
  • Cardboard, paper plate, milk carton or jug to use as a base

What You’ll Do:

  • Lay out the supplies
  • Help your child choose a base
  • Let your child choose the materials they want to include on their gnome home
  • Start building! There’s no right or wrong way to create a gnome home, so encourage your child to let their imagination run wild.

Added fun!

  • Create doors and windows by cutting out squares in the base.
  • Use battery-operated tea lights as a campfire or fireplace.
  • Create a story about the gnome that lives in the home. What do they look like? What do they do for fun? What do they like to eat?

What Kids Learn

How to Support the Play

  • Let your child be the architect; guide them as needed, but avoid taking control.
  • Focus on the process of creating, not the outcome.
  • Ask questions to spark storytelling. (example: “Where does the gnome eat breakfast?”)



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