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Creative Challenge For Kids: Design The Best Treehouse Ever!

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!

Challenge your kids to design the best treehouse. The sky's the limit!

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.

Design your ideal treehouse challenge for kids

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.

Design your dream treehouse challenge for kids

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.

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If you were to design the best treehouse ever, what would it look like? Please share in the comments below, or on my Facebook page. You can also tag me on Instagram

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

10 thoughts on “Creative Challenge For Kids: Design The Best Treehouse Ever!”

  1. I have always wanted an awesome treehouse. Jeff is aware of this and every time he sees a video about someone building a cool treehouse he makes sure to show me it.

    I did a similar activity with the kids back when they were in preschool to design their perfect house (like your follow-on activity you linked to). I wonder what they would say now.

  2. danielle hammelef

    The treehouse drawing and lego treehouse are awesome! Very creative and I’d love a treehouse with a ski lift to take me up inside.

  3. Natalie PlanetSmartyPants

    Ooh, A loved other books by Lisa Graaf! I will make sure to look for this one. Both tree houses are very creative. I love the ski lift to the house :)

  4. When I was little we lived in Pennsylvania and behind our house was some woods. We used to build tree forts and have a girls against the boys “competition”. They weren’t the greatest but I learned how to build things.

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