Build your own Troll House
Down the stony path, past the leafy bushes and through the arching oak trees there’s a happy stream giggling along. It flows gently under a little bridge, and it is just here that a grumpy little troll lives. His house is made of mud and stone, his door and window are made of the finest sticks and he has a sycamore leaf roof covered with luscious moss.
- 10 small sticks (each about a grown-up’s finger-length)
From the cupboard
- 1 wooden bead
- Masking tape
HOW TO MAKE IT
- To make the door, cut a piece of string of about two arm’s-lengths.
- Tie a fish-on-a-dish knot (clove hitch) onto the end of one of your sticks.
- Line up five sticks next to each other to make the door.
- Lash the sticks to each other at one end of your door, weaving your string under and over each stick in turn.
- Tighten the string in between the sticks by winding the tail end of the string around each of the joints between the sticks.
- Repeat steps 2-5 to lash together the other end of the door.
- Thread the bead onto a small length of string. Attach this to one of the sticks where the troll’s door handle should be. Tie a knot to secure.
- To make the window, take three sticks and make a triangle shape, or take just one bendy stick and make a circle-shaped window. Fix them with tape.
- Take two sticks and snap them into the right length to fit tight inside the window frame, and push them into place to make the windowpanes.
- Prop up the door, and hook your window onto a stone, a stick or a small branch, or just push it into the mud. Now your troll can keep a look-out for goats.
How many Billy Goats Gruff go trip-trapping over your bridge?
˜Too many!’ says the grumpy old troll!
Hope you enjoy making your very own Troll House!