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::: make it irresistible – build a tree house

This little tree house was one of those projects that just kind of happen!  Catherine from Gingham Cherry noticed it in a recent post and was interested to know what it was so we thought we’d share it with everybody.

It came about after Donna found some interestingly shaped logs in a wood pile, and to her they simply screamed … tree house!


With a saw she found in the shed, Donna took the logs and jammed them into a vice, sawed off the ends to make them even, cut another log into slabs for the top levels, sliced up a thickish branch to make the steps and then attached it all together … with the hot glue gun of course!


The children love the tree house and play with it all the time. It is constantly used in all sorts of imaginative play settings along with …


pebbles, sand, tanbark …


mud and water  …


and has survived two pre-kinder and two kinder groups for over two year now!…We love our trusty glue gun!

No pattern, no rules, no cost, just wood, a saw and a hot glue gun.

We like to be creative and make our own props when ever we can like these little felt owls perched in the tree house, just making things up as we go along!

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18 Responses to “make it irresistible – build a tree house”

  1. welcome to our wonderland says:

    this is really great stuff! can i come play at your preschool 🙂

  2. Teacher Tom says:

    Oh I like seeing this! One of the projects I’m intending for our summer camp is to build a tree-house using wood scraps and a glue gun — as you know, I let the kids use the glue guns themselves. I like this much better. I’m going to have to get busy cutting!

  3. Catherine says:

    Thanks so much for posting more photos of it!! Thanks for linking me too. I am tired and had to do a double take to check what I was reading. lol. Well, I love this so much and will be keeping my eye out for interesting looking branches myself now. Do you use special glue in the glue gun? Or are those long glue sticks all the same? I never did know.

    ::: Catherine we just use regular old hot glue gun sticks! 🙂 🙂

  4. Bex says:

    wow!!!! that is awesome, what a great idea! 😀

  5. Jolene Green says:

    This is awesome and I am definatley stealing the idea for my 5 and 4 yr olds! They will love it! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  6. SquiggleMum says:

    Ok, so we’re going to have to make one of those too. Yep, definitely.

  7. jenny says:

    I can’t believe you made that yourselves! You guys should write a book – seriously. I’m going to have to add hot glue gun to my growing hardware list.

  8. Love this and we have a whole heap of small trees which we have just cut down which will be perfect for it too 🙂

  9. kristin says:


    like teacher tom, we’re happy with glue guns in our classroom. this will be a hit.

  10. Scott says:

    Love this idea!

  11. Caro says:

    Wow, I’m really impressed that this has lasted so long! Glue guns are fab, aren’t they? Love that the kids can see how repurposing can create something so worthwhile!

  12. mel says:

    Loved this idea so much that my hubby and myself set to work to put one together for the children at the kinder where I work and what a hit it turned out to be today. set up with lots of little “Yowie” creatures, birds and animals. Fabulous fun. You continue to inspire. Keep it up 🙂

  13. admin says:

    Whoohoo Mel Good on you! 🙂 🙂

  14. Fiona says:

    We’re definitely making one of these! My director has conveniently just had trees cut down at her house…so when she saw this she was very excited – me too! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    ::: Yeehaa! Have fun Fiona. 🙂 🙂

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