Build an imaginary world and create stories about how gnomes live.

For Ages: 4 and up

What You Need


  • Craft glue
  • Twigs, acorns, leaves, moss, pine cones and pebbles
  • Buttons, cloth scraps and little shiny things
  • Cardboard, paper plate or tray to use as a base

Bonus Ideas

  • Use an empty jug or box as the frame of the home. Cut out doors and windows.
  • Then glue materials to the frame.
  • Use battery-operated tea lights as a campfire or fireplace
  • Get outside – Build a gnome home in the crannies of a tree trunk

What You Do

Step 1. Lay out supplies
Step 2. Let your child choose materials
Step 3. Start building

What Kids Learn

  • Creative thinking → Using materials in surprising ways
  • Communication → Telling stories

Parent Tips

  • Let your child be the architect
  • Focus on the process of creating, not the final outcome
  • Ask questions to spark storytelling (Example: “Where does the gnome eat breakfast?”)
  • Guide your child as needed, but avoid taking over entirely

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