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
- 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
- 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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