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Indoor Games: Point the Hole

It’s time for another indoor activity to play with your children! It’s a simple but funny game in which you can choose to play as the animator or let one of your kids to manage the activity.

Point the hole can be played everywhere in an unlimited number of participants, but remember: the more players take part of the game, the more the game lasts. Read instruction and tips below from one of the handbooks Riccardo Francaviglia has illustrated.

So, challenge your children’s dexterity and have fun with this new kids activity by The Treehouse App!

Point the Hole

Educational aim: dexterity and listening attitude

Target: form 8 to 16

Number of participants: unspecified

Materials: none

Duration: you can choose the duration

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Handmade Toys: The Rag Doll

Willing or not, Christmas is coming. As always, you’re probably starting to look for Christmas gifts.
If you’re addicted to DIY, here you can find two cutes ideas on how to make a rug doll and its box.
Why should you make a box for your doll? Because it could be a customized and amazing gift wrap or a Box Gift Set, where you can put additional dresses and accessories, as Maggy suggests with her original idea!

Here’s the tutorial in 3 simple steps.The Rag Doll

Difficulty: 4/5


white or pink fabric
colored fabrics
cotton wool
ribbons and buttons
cotton thread
acrylic colors and brushes
woolen yarn


sewing machine

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Indoor Games: Reversed Hide-and-Seek (Sardines)

We know that it’s not always simple to play with our little ones because of lack of time or ideas. For this reason, it could be very useful to read Diana Smith’s guide on Uplifting Families. She remarks that experts give a lot of importance to a quality playtime because it creates and reinforces trust and honesty between a parent and a child.

We found this guide very interesting because you’ll be aware of which mistakes parents often do and how to manage your time and plan playtime. From now on, it could be very easy to have fun with your children, without getting bored or boring your kids.

Just remember:

  • Set aside a playdate withyour child to play
  • Don’t allow your kid to be the boss of the game
  • Don’t even let your child be a passive observer

In our Treehouse you can find different kinds of indoor activities that you can enjoy with your children. However, this proposal can be planned even outdoor, in your garden or at the park.

So, today, let’s play the Reversed Hide-and-Seek or Sardines! Read the instructions below from one of the handbooks Riccardo Francaviglia has illustrated. You can choose to be the animator or even let your kids decide alone who will start the game, by a roll of the dice, for example.

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Handmade Toys: The Magic Propeller

Are your kids interested in magic? Probably they’re tired of the classical trick with the coin. So, let’s teach them how to make a propeller whirl and change its rotation by simply saying a magic word.
This could be a great chance to show how circular vibrations work and organize a magic show.The Magic Propeller

Difficulty: 2/5


a wooden stick 3x2cm and 20cm long
two flat balsa laths 2mm thick and 3cm long


2 small nails

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Handmade Toys: The Penguin

Who loves penguins? Let’s build a new DIY toy following these few simple steps!the prenguin

Difficulty: 3/5


1 plywood sheet 3cm thick
a wooden stick with a diameter of 1cm and 1m long
a wooden stick with a diameter of 1cm and 10cm long
a bike inner tube


Alternating saw
Hole saw
Acrylic colours and brushes

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Riccardo and Margherita on Radio Amore Dance

Riccardo and Margherita on Radio Amore DanceRiccardo Francaviglia and Margherita Sgarlata were interviewed on Radio Amore Dance by the Snack Time team.

After talking about their experience as children’s illustrators and app developers with The Treehouse Apps, they ended the interview telling one of their stories: La Bambina vestita di verde (The Little Girl Dressed in Green).

Thank you to Radio Amore Dance and to all the listeners!

The Little Girl Dressed in Green

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Indoor Games: Catch the Legume

Time for another indoor activity for the entire family!

Call some friends or organize a birthday party with some original activities for your children, such as The Sultan and Catch the Legume! Now, you can play with your kids in the role of the animator and enjoy a rainy and cold day at home or a small party with your children.

From one of Riccardo and Margherita‘s books, we propose here the instructions for this funny and unusual activity in which everyone could be involved.

Catch the Legume

While your kids will have fun trying to accomplish the aim of the game, they will also learn:

  • rules respect
  • how to manage their cognitive and physical abilities and physical contact
  • how to be part of a group in a collaborative way

(For the educational value of outdoor and indoor games, click here)

So, enjoy this new indoor activity of our Treehouse and let us know if you like it!

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Handmade Toys: The Cradle Carousel

The carousel is a traditional subject in the world of children’s toys and games and we have already proposed two version of it, The Little Carousel with wooden characters and The Little Carousel with ordinary materials. Now, here’s how to make a DIY cradle carousel for your babies! Just use plywood sheets, acrylic paint and your imagination and make the cradle carousel that suits better for your child!

The Cradle Carousel

Difficulty: 3/5


1 plywood sheet 3mm thick
1 plywood sheet 5mm thick
1 lath 2cm large and thick and 4cm long
a wooden stick with a diameter of 1cm
6 eye bolts
coloured string
cardboard sheet and a pencil



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Sensory Play. Any Questions? Here’re the Answers!

We often read about sensory play in specialized websites for children and parents, which are plenty of suggestions about this kind of activities.

Probably, you asked yourself some questions, such as:

What is sensory play? Why is it important for my children? How to organize sensory activities?

Stephanie Haass answers to all these questions and propose some sensory activities, which are very simple to organize and suitable for those busy parents who don’t want to renounce happy moments with their little ones.

Sensory Play: Is This Really Necessary?

If you frequent kids activity blogs, you know that “sensory play” has been a hot topic for quite awhile now.  There are even entire websites devoted to sensory play for your tots, and while they are super fun to read and full of creative (and sometimes elaborate) ideas, you may find yourself asking, “Is all this REALLY necessary for my child’s development?”

To her proposals, we add ours.
Handmade Toys: Fishing With Magnets (Make it easy!)
How to organize an unordinary fishing game with
stick and magnets!

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“What’s Inside My Body” on Amazon

Have you already got our educational app What’s Inside My Body for kids? It’s now available on Amazon!

Click here for the FREE demo version!

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