How To Build A Living Kid’s Playhouse That Brings Them Back To Mother Nature… – Eco Snippets

How To Build A Living Kid’s Playhouse That Brings Them Back To Mother Nature…

How To Build A Living Kid's Playhouse That Brings Them Back To Mother Nature...

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When we were young, outside wasn’t just the best option, it was the only option. It was the only option I considered anyway. Still years away from home computers and social media, we had marbles, toy cars, and adventures. To make it to an unknown plot of forest was equivalent to a brand new adventure of at least the entire day. Maybe two, if we were lucky.

Society’s shift has been clear and it’s a shift indoors. Hidden behind screens and doors, our kids need to get back into the world. Just a trip to the garden is enough of an invitation to learn something about the world. Get your kids outside by becoming Mother Nature and growing a living playhouse your kids will love, and learn from.

The Runner Bean “Teepee” Den

This one is probably the easiest of all the playhouses to create, plus one that will give you some tasty runner beans for the whole family to enjoy throughout the summer season.

What You Need:

1) 8 – 10 long bamboo canes (6 – 7 feet minimum).

2) Gardening string or a cable tie or similar.

3) A packet of runner bean seeds.

4) Large roll of gardening string or a roll of chicken wire (optional).

Method

1) Choose a spare area of garden, either on a border, or on the lawn. You’ll have to remove a small area of lawn to plant the seeds.

2) Push your bamboo canes into the ground in a circle to form a large pyramid/teepee shape. Leave a large gap between two of the canes for an entrance. Secure the tops of the canes together using either a some garden string, twine, or wire.

3) For best results cover bamboo teepee in either chicken wire, or a network of gardening string.

4) Dig one square foot (12?x 12? and 12? deep) around the bases if the bamboo canes.

5) Add compost and/or well rotted manure.

5) Poke two holes approximately 1 – 2? deep at the base of each cane.

6) Drop one runner bean seed into each hole and fill the hole with water. Once the water has drained away gently drag soil back over the holes and then water again thoroughly. (Runner Beans seeds can also be started off in 3? pots and transplanted when they reach about 6? tall).

NOTE: You’ll need to protect the seedlings from slugs by manually removing the slugs every evening until the bean plants are about 6? tall.

7) If the Runner Beans don’t find the bamboo naturally you can carefully wrap the main shoots around the first part of the bamboo canes or chicken wire until they begin to climb on their own.

8) Keep weeds down and moisture in using lawn mowings or bark chips around the fresh Runner Bean plants. Water frequently.

Now you and your children can watch their playhouse come to life and grow up all on its own. The beans grow quickly, giving new lessons and questions every day.Your kids will love the fun of harvesting their own beans, and how pretty the playhouse will look covered in the delicate red flowers that runner beans produce. Remember to keep harvesting the beans regularly; this encourages the plants to continue flowering.

Start growing early and this playhouse will last most of Spring to the end of the Summer.

The Willow Den

This playhouse is more permanent, so select your location carefully. This playhouse is best built on moist soil because willow roots like moisture.

You will need:

1) A large bundle of long green willow rods about 6ft long.

2) Straw, for the base. This needs to be changed regularly. (Alternatively, you can use a natural weed suppressing material, like jute/hessian weed control mats.)

Method

1) First lay your straw or suppressing mat across the surface of the area you intend to grow your children’s playhouse.

2) Two and three year old rods are best for creating the base because of their height. Punch holes (approx 2 – 3? in diameter) through the areas in the straw or mat where your rods need to be planted. This creates the frame of your playhouse. Place the longest rods and tie the tops together, like a teepee. Don’t forget to leave space for an entrance.

3) Use the two year old rods as uprights and one year old rods as the diagonal weave.

The top of the den will be open at first. New growth will gradually close the gap, and can be woven and tied for winter maintenance in the following years.

I know we’re focussing on getting the kids outdoors, but by growing living playhouses that have no capability for TVs to be plugged in, or iPhones to be recharged, I think it’s a good start. Plus, they’ll learn a thing or two about the beauty of nature, without resorting to pictures from the internet…

How To Build A Living Kid's Playhouse That Brings Them Back To Mother Nature...

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Tashie Fay Porter

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Chantel Vaillancourt Lee MacDonald Abbie Miller

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So neat! Love it!!

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Logan Fairchild omg make this dome but not just for children!!!

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Stephanie Pohlman

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Step one: place child in Eco-prison. Step 2: make her carry out her sentence until the walls grow over.

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Get on to it please Ms Scully Bridget Scully 🙂

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    H would love this !!

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Kaitlyn Fiori what about this for a trellis planting

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    Such a good idea!

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    so cool I wish I could do this

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    Definitely need it

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Jennifer Lynn I’m going to make this for the dogs

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    Fuck the dogs, I’m going to make it for myself! It will be my own little fort, but the dogs can enjoy it too lol

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Elizabeth Phillips

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Ta Merian Moor How cool!?!?

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Jeff Simmons new project

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Susan Smith Whitney Smith ????

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Julianne Marie Kava we need to make ava one

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I want one for myself!

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Jake Conner, Courtney Steiner…. little man would luv this!

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Let’s get started at the Billcsi’s, Mike Prouty!!!

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Kelly Feltes Bergeron dunno if u want this in your yard but it’s pretty cool for the littles.

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Meredith Dew i’m sure you’ve seen this but wouldnt this be a cool addition to the natural playground at the garden?

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All I can think of is spiders, spiders and more spiders

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Kirby Noone JohnMark Noone for Lil Z bot!

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Brittany Craddock

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Natalie Liveley

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Perhaps a caveat would be ideal with this post title–which countries this is meant for. For instance, in the U.S. bamboo is an exotic invasive that is notoriously difficult to keep restricted to where you plant it. It displaces native vegetation which would otherwise support wildlife and other ecosystem functions.

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We could start this in your garden now! Anna Toft

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Project for you, Lou!!! 😉

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Don’t know why this is considered to be special. I built one of these when I was 7 years old.

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Lea Kunaver 😉

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Wouldn’t the floor be wet when it rains?

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I planted beans. My daughter picked them n ate them while playing.

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Fran Thompson-Stevens a possible project?? Enclosure in plants = amazing ??

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Excellent home for wasps.

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    I was thinking the same thing!

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    A friend who grew up in a California commune said those things are hot and full of bugs.

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plant vining veggies, works twice in the same place.

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I built one like that by myself when I was 7 years old. Being as I’m on the verge of age 65 you’d think I’d probably build one a little more..elaborate?

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Judith Friend Linda Friend

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    When you coming to make it 😉

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Love it! Not hard to so … mmmmmmmmmm

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Amanda H for coach?

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    We can give it a shot!

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I remember Erica’s….

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Meaghan Burkett Romi Cristaudo

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Bridget Scully…for Jemima please ?

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Great shelter for your dog too!

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The spiders will love this!

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Ahhh cause snakes apparently arent a concern in your area i guess? Thats a perfect place to find a cottonmouth on a hot summer day…

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What a wonderful home for wasps.

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I used this principle to build sunflower houses for my children when they were young. I planted sunflowers in a circle, waited until they were at least a foot tall, then planted morning glories around them. The morning glories climb up the sunflower stalks, and make a wonderful play space.

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Sharon Tomassetti Donio lol

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    Chrissy Edmiston Sessions lol too funny!! He cant wait to get back out there!!!

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Tavera Smith Tavera Hauck

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    Yep willow branches it’s so cool

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    Steven White nevermind the kids I want one

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    Is anything really “for the kids”?

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Paul Blizzard, can you build me one ??

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    Nicki Stewart Blizzard do you want the runner beans or the willow one

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A good use for the horrid bindweed I can’t get rid of lol!!

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Silke Horus Jak for wee man

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    Karen Hailes cool

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    I’ve seen them done in childcare centres with beans so the children can sit inside and have a snack

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This is so beautiful mashallah ?

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Lori Ann Archer Katie Mills

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Cute in theory, hot and buggy in reality.

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    Kelly S Broadwater love this!!!

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Ann Morris you could start this now ??

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Madeleine Gabron round the side?

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Living in Florida all I can think of are the snakes who would be in it.

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Maggie Judge just for your littles!

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Morning glories

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Hazelnut is also a good one for making the hut. We used to plant the mammoth single and double sunflowers in a twelve foot circle, then surround that with sunflowers of lesser and lesser size until the outer circle was the dwarf sunflowers. We’d leave a walkway for the kids, and when the centermost sunflowers got tall enough to start leaning, we’d gather all the heads of the sunflowers and loosely loop them together with twine to close the teepee, and give the outer sunflowers a surface to lean on. The girls loved it. They called it the jungle. The center area we filled with sand and gravel and pebbles. Then, the next spring, we’d plant peas on them, and follow that with beans and cucumbers, or morning glories and cypress vines. and they’d have a completely different teepee to play in.

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Leah Sharp, Katie Sanford wouldn’t this be so cool in the Playscape or as part of the vegie garden with passionfruit!

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    Cathy Tapscott I like it

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Nicole Dittmar

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Chris Carney can you make me one of these

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    Rosie Maureen he will definitely be able to do that

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Katie Lynne !!!

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Helen Macfarlane

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Candice Koles lets make one of these for us!! ?

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    Yes please!!!!!

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Lauren Evers one of these?

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Peter Brown Olivia Reed
How Cool is this?

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Catherine Julie Mitchell t’is the season

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William this looks really fun!

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As opposed to a dead kid’s playhouse?

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    Reid Harrison I would play in this ?

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Define “play”. LOL

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