A pail for carrying found items, a pair of pruning shears, and string or twine for tying items together, if so desired. Toys or figurines from childrens' personal collections can be added for extra flair!
Once you have arrived at your ideal scavenger hunt location, look along forested areas for fallen nature items (if you are in a public or shared location, please be sure to remind your children not to take living plants). If heading into a wooded or wild area, you may wish to familiarize your children with poison ivy.
Have your children imagine what the fairy's roof, sidewalk, or yard will look like to draw inspiration from their surroundings.
A piece of bark could be the perfect door or picnic table. Perhaps smooth pebbles could be an ideal sidewalk.
One of the best parts of this activity is allowing children to run wild with their ideas!
The house design can be minimalist or extravagant; it is totally up to them! For ease of constructing the house walls, select sticks that are more uniform in diameter.
Upon completion of the scavenger hunt, an adult may need to use pruning shears to cut sticks into equal sizes.
Congratulations on your new home! This activity can even continue all summer with the addition of more houses for little gnome friends!
💡 Did you know? This activity encourages creative play, physical (socially distant) outdoors activity, and utilizes principles of engineering. For more DIY activities for children, click here.
🧚 Book Pairings:
Once you've built your fairy house, flutter your wings and fly along with this list of books guaranteed to bring a little magic your way.