Mini Tree House Build

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In this activity, learners are challenged to design and build a miniature tree house in a potted plant. This activity uses engineering concepts to encourage creativity. Activity includes materials list, instructions, inspiration images and more. Safety note: The use of hot glue and sharp objects should always be supervised by an adult.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • sturdy potted plant or a tree branch anchored into a pot with soil and a foam block
  • balsa wood sheets
  • wooden chopsticks
  • dowel rods
  • toothpicks
  • craft sticks
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • x-acto knife
  • paper and pencil


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering

Informal Categories

  • Model Building


Access Rights:

  • Free access