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Kids Tree Houses

A Google search or a scan on Pinterest for kids tree houses may have your eyes widening and your mind throwing that straight into the too-hard basket! It would be justified, with most kids tree houses seeming to be permanent, expensive and laborious structures. A lot of us don’t even have trees that sturdy to build a tree house on!

But you kids tree houses needn’t be so complicated! Besides, if the kids make it themselves or with you, they are much more likely to fall in love with it and spend more time in it. With summer time and school holidays just around the corner, you might be dreading the sibling squabble and the excess screen time. Avoid that by making something that will take minutes and leave you with hours of peace!

What you need

kids in backyard in a simple tent made form rope and a bed sheet

Sheets – Use large flat sheets or some tent material to provide some shade and comfort!

Hula-hoop – Set the hula hoop in between branhes or just near a branch on the bottom of the tree

Rope – Rope can be used to tie the sheets around the hula hoop or secure the hula hoop to the tree

Optional items

Plank of wood – For extra security, nail a plank of wood to the tree then attach the hula hoop to hang the sheets down from

Cardboard Signs – Get the kids to decorate and make their own cardboard signs to hang out the front of their exclusive club house.

Cushions, pillows – Add some comfort by popping some cushions on branches. If the sheets are hanging onto the ground then pop them inside the tree ‘tent’ for a comfy place to sit.


You can supply these activities in buckets outside the tree house so the kids can choose what they’d like to do. It makes for an easier pack-up as well.

Tea Party

Keep it real or imaginary! Why not allow children to dress up and have a superhero lunch or an Alice in Wonderland feast? The choice is theirs!

Arts and Crafts

There is nothing more relaxing than crafting outside. Put all their favourite craft items in a bucket, along with some recyclables and let them have fun. For older kids, put a few instruction sheets in there on how to make basic outside items like cup walkie talkies and let them enjoy.


Mix their favourites with a few new ones and why not add a torch in there too.


Use your leftover rope with a simple pulley on the tree. Attach the rope to a lightweight basket and let them pulley their treasures up and down the tree.

Into tree houses and off screens

It doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming. It just needs to be fun and get your children outdoors! After all, isn’t that what summer school holidays are for? Get building your tree house and share your photos with us!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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