Secret Treehouse: By Kids, For Kids

Secret Treehouse: By Kids, For Kids

Katie Steuernagle
Jun 23, 2011

I started to get suspicious last week when I noticed wood from my scrap pile disappearing. Then I noticed the neighborhood kids, a Bad News Bears-esque gang of 9 to 12 year olds, all routinely migrating to one particular clump of trees in the neighbor's yard. I couldn't see them behind the huge pine tree, but I heard them. Talking. Laughing. Hammering nails? Click on through to see what I discovered behind the pine tree…

It's not the best looking treehouse photo you'll find floating around the internet these days. But it is 100% kid made, and for that I am so proud of them. It's their territory, their domain, filled with their ideas, their knotted ropes, bent nails, and even hanging artwork. Nice! (That's what the caption on the painting says, by the way). And the whole thing is a wonderful reminder, not only that I should make sure my kids are up to date on their tetanus shots, but that this is what summer is all about. After a long, freezing school year jam packed with homework (way too much), projects, after school activities, carpools, emails from teachers, conferences, and constant structure, this is exactly what they need. And you know what? It's exactly what I need, too.

(Images: Katie Steuernagle)

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