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Streamer Cubby House

This picture of my daughter captures her bright spirit.  She is the person I had in mind when I put this streamer cubby house rig up, and I was right to think she would enjoy it.

Streamer cubby house

School holidays are in full swing here now. Christmas is finished, and we are enjoying many quiet days at home in between fun day trips to here and there.  Today, we had cousins over to play.  Television was watched and cards played; plus a long game of hide and seek.  While I cleaned the kitchen, I was interrupted for bowls of water for a pretend kitten game. Then there was trampoline jumping, water pistol fighting and a fairy-bread-lunch eating somewhere in between.  And…I made fresh peach sorbet. It turned out pink.

You know, I thought it was just a regular day, until I wrote it all done like that.  How wonderful! Yes? Good, good things happened in the busyness of the day.

Towards the end of the day, I decided to rig up a streamer cubby house of sorts for the afternoon.  It’s easy and cheap to make, and adds a certain magic to a space.  I set it up under a tree, but it would work inside too.

What you need

Hula hoop

Large crepe streamers (I used three large rolls)

streamer cubby house

How to make

Tear off long lengths of streamers and tie or tape on to the hula hoop until the circle is finished.

streamer cubby house

Done

I’ve learned the value of setting up and then allowing freedom when it comes to which children are interested and how they play.  I did think though, that Miss 6 would enjoy it the most, and I was right.

It’s interesting to watch kids play.  They enjoyed watching the streamers fly the wind and running through them. At one point, the streamers became a porthole to another universe, according to my nephew.  The kids also played games out there on a mat, and later ate dinner out there.  Yes, worth the 10 minutes it took to set it up.

streamer cubby house

streamer cubby house

streamer cubby house

streamer cubby house

streamer cubby house

A wonderful day, really.

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5 Comments

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    Sam Hardt
    January 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Top idea, simple and quick, with loads of possibilities, thanks!

  • Reply
    Tasmanian
    January 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Found your site today by accident when looking for “organising toys” then via Pinterest. Can’t wait to read back through the posts!

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