My 11-year-old came up with this challenge to design the best treehouse ever after reading Lisa Graff’s Book, The Great Treehouse War. Check out the treehouses my kids designed, and Emma’s review of the book.
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Design a Treehouse Challenge for Kids
My bookworm daughter Emma designed her dream treehouse after reading Lisa Graff’s The Great Treehouse War (disclosure: we received a review copy of the book). She really liked the book (check out her review below), and it inspired her to design quite the treehouse!
I am especially fond of the robot bird to ride in, as well as the ski lift to go back and forth between her house. Emma went VERY high tech for her house – although I really don’t see how that bird could be remotely aerodynamic.
My son Johnny also designed a treehouse using legos. There is a lot going on at his treehouse!
I love that Emma’s treehouse is the ideal author’s retreat (her dream career), while Johnny’s treehouse isn’t actually necessarily somewhere he would choose to live, but instead a scene for all sorts of incredible adventures.
If your kids enjoy this activity, we recommend designing your dream house as a follow-up activity.
Emma’s Review of The Great Treehouse War
The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff is an amazing book. It is about a girl named Winnie whose parents got divorced. She spends exactly equal time with each of them, but soon both her parents start making crazy celebrations for strange holidays. The only day that Winnie has peace is on Wednesday, because on Wednesdays she lives in her treehouse. But Winnie can’t live like this anymore. She lives up in her treehouse, which is a piece of a country, and she refuses to come down. What will make her come down? This book is fascinating, and I love Winnie’s treehouse and her relationship with her friends. It has a lot about family and friendship.