This week at Young Scribblers we designed our own tree houses. This activity encouraged our young writers to consider space and place and to invent ways of exploring their environment.
They were asked to imagine what their dream tree house would look like. I told them to think about being high up in a tree- what to you see out the window- your house or your school? What do your hear- birds? Aeroplanes?
Is it peaceful in your treehouse? What do you do in it? Read? Write? Draw?
Who would be allowed to visit you?
What kind of food would you bring with you?
Would you sleep in it? What would it feel like at night time? Consider the darkness, the noises. Would it be cold? Would there be bats flying around?
We then had a fun discussion about what features we would like to have in our tree house.Suggestions included: telescope, trapdoor, slide, swing a hammock, Zip lines
Rope swings, ladders and bridges
Clothesline pulley with bucket between tree house and kitchen for frequent snacks (or to lower to the ground to fetch provisions)
Pirate’s treasure chest
Tennis ball/potato launcher
Fire pole or slide
Solar-powered lights or lanterns
Fold-down benches and tables
The Young Scribblers then began designing their tree houses. We finished by writing about the most interesting features and being highly descriptive. More advanced writers were asked to use their treehouse as the setting for a story.