Building cricket houses

Another thing the kids did while we were at the cottage was build fairy or cricket houses.  The found a section of land where crickets played and with a multitude of sticks built mini houses.

This is actually what lead up to building lean-tos and forts that they could actually play in.

To build your own break a whole bunch of sticks to similar lengths.  Stick four sticks straight down into the ground  in a rectangle or square then lay the the branches around the outside lincoln log style.  When finished you can try makeing a roof–Rachel used sticks, Essie used leaves.  Honestly you can do this however you like and let the kids see what works for them.  I only made a few suggestions–they spent several hours working on them without my input at all.

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  1. Posted October 29, 2008 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I remember building houses like that when I was a kid. Do crickets really come live in them?

  2. Posted October 30, 2008 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    How delightful! I’ve really enjoyed seeing all of your recent excursions. And I’m kind of glad I can gaze at the snow from a distance. 😉

  3. Posted October 31, 2008 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Building is so fun and such a great learning game, espeically using natural materials that may not fit together perfectly like blocks. You guys seem to have such a great time!

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