Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Henry and I made a real forest with upcycled tin cans, tree branches and a few plants.

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Henry loves picking up sticks at Grandma’s house. So that’s just what he did.

While he added the biggest branches he could find to Grandma’s twig pile, I gathered some small sticks for our project.
Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

I snapped the branches to be about 4-8 inches long.

Henry snapped a couple, but quickly got sidetracked when he made an ‘H’ with one of the twigs.

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

[FYI: Punch a few holes in the bottom of your tin cans to allow for drainage before decorating.]

To decorate the tin cans to make them look like a trunk of a tree, I slid a couple rubberbands around each can. Then added the branches under them.

[I thought contact paper around the tin can would let Henry be able to add the branches himself. It wasn't nearly sticky enough to hold them in place.]

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Henry, once again, got sidetracked, this time with the tin cans.

Yelling into them made funny noises!

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Once the tin cans are decorated to look like tree trunks, add a little dirt to the bottom of the tree trunks, and plant a leafy plant!

A tree!

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Combine a few trees, and you have a forest!

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

With lots of leftover sticks and branches, we moved our forest into the sandbox for play!

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Adding sticks around the forest’s trees made a very woodland area!

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

I told Henry these were his plants to take care of and he needed to water them so they grow big. He told me that they’d grow as big as that tree!

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

George was a part of our forest play as well.

He removed the forest twigs and branches as fast Henry put them in.

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Henry finally had enough of that and hauled his branches to the corner behind the sandbox.

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Away from George. The trees still stand in the sandbox.

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Comments

  1. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    What a great idea! You are a genius! You always surprise me! I know C would love this!

  2. MommyLabs says

    What a gorgeous and happy handmade forest you and Henry have got. Loved the idea of tying twigs around the can…
    The pictures are so sunny and lovely! Thank you, Jamie for participating in this event. The blog hop will start in an hour or so. :)

  3. Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan says

    I was wondering when the trucks would come in to play! I can't wait to add some tin can trees to our mud pit. . .I just know Big M will end up making it a construction site!

  4. ಪುಟ್ಟಿಯ ಅಮ್ಮ/Putti Amma says

    That is a very unique idea of tying twigs around tin cans to make trees!! Love it:)

  5. Krafty Max Originals says

    Hop'pin by from 'Follow me, Chichadee Blog Hop'. I'm following your blog now, wont you please come and follow me back?? ~KM

    Krafty Max Originals

  6. Stacy of KSW says

    I love this! So glad we were in this hop together so I could find your site, can't wait to take a peek around and see what you & Henry & George have been up to! Nice to meet you :)

  7. Deborah J Stewart says

    These are wonderful! I entered a little late but I hope you will stop by to see my post too:) Your tin cans turned out amazing!!

  8. Mama Pea Pod says

    What great fun, and fabulous pictures! Hope you'll be coming over to link this up to the Outdoor Play linky too! :-)

  9. Amanda says

    What a brilliant idea! Looks like so much fun :)

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it's a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I would love it if you'd stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don't post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like! http://funfamilycrafts.com/

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